Eat, Pray, Love Essay

2202 Words Mar 12th, 2011 9 Pages
Megan Chudzik
WRT 120-86
Dr. Schugar
Final Draft
December 13, 2010
A Woman’s Search for Everything Have you ever wanted to put your life on pause and travel the world around the world for a year? Elizabeth Gilbert does just this in her New York Times Bestseller Eat, Pray, Love. Although I have never traveled the world, I once experienced my own escape from reality. During the summer before my junior year in high school, I quit everything to go live in Ocean City, New Jersey with my mom. I quit my travel basketball team, my high school basketball team, and my job. Many people viewed my decision as selfish and irresponsible. I believe some people need to spend time getting to know themselves before they can establish a relationship
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The way Gilbert describes the food makes one want it even more. “Thin, doughy, strong, gummy, yummy, chewy, salty pizza paradise. On top there is a sweet tomato sauce that foams up all bubbly and creamy when it melts the fresh buffalo mozzarella, and the one sprig of basil in the middle of the whole deal somehow infuses the entire pizza with herbal radiance, much the same way one shimmering movie star in the middle of a party brings a contact high of glamour to everyone around her” (80). To be able to compare a piece of margherita pizza to a movie star shows how delicious the food was that she encountered in Naples, Italy. Along with the pleasure of eating, Gilbert also receives happiness from Prayer.
Prayer and meditation are methods used by many people to find relaxation. Prayer is the act of worshiping and meditation is deep, continued thought that is used for reflection. Dead Man Walking is a non-fictional movie where Sister Helen helps a man named Sean find himself through prayer. He committed the murder of two teenagers and was waiting on death row for six years. Sister Helen used prayer to help Sean convert to a Christian and find forgiveness in God before he received the death penalty. Sean changed dramatically through this period and became a different man because of prayer. Although in the end of the film Sean still received the death penalty, he found himself to be a better person.
Elizabeth Gilbert traveled to India to
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