Identity Through Walking And Isolation

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Identity through Walking and Isolation

Self discovery of your identity can be a lengthy process that requires a lot of time and isolation in order to find out who you are. Isolation is key while finding out your identity because it requires you to think for yourself without any outside influences. Walking alone is a great way to free your mind and look at your surroundings to find out who you are. In “The Solitary Stroller and the City” Rebecca Solnit talks about experiencing finding herself while walking alone through the city. She talks about being in a state of solitude in a city full of people. In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, Christopher is isolated due to the fact that he has Asperger’s Syndrome. He finds himself through utilizing the world around him. “The Solitary Stroller and the City” and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time both demonstrate that walking and isolation are essential to discovering a personal self identity.
In “The Solitary Stroller in the City” Solnit writes about how cities are made up of strangers. Solnit writes that, “In the city, one is alone because the world is made up of strangers, and to be a stranger surrounded by strangers, to walk along silently bearing one’s secrets and imagining those of the people one passes, is among the starkest of luxuries.”(pg. 186) Walking in solitude can be beneficial to one’s self awareness of the community surrounding you. While driving around a foreign city or
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