Once More For The Lake By Elwyn Brooks White

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In Elwyn Brooks White’s “Once More to the Lake”, a personal narrative essay, the lake serves as the setting for both the past and the present. White reflects on the memories of his childhood when his father took him to the lake, and he then explains how he is now taking his son to the same lake. He describes a dual existence of spending time with his son, and this then creates a sense of confusion making it hard for White to distinguish himself from his son. In Urrea’s “Life on the Mississippi”, he relates his childhood to the characters in the writings of Mark Twain. He talks about the memories of reading the books he had as a child, which his mother and father stole for him from the bookstore, and how he used the stories in his own life by using his imagination. Where both stories talk about memories of their childhood and how they reflect on the memories, they are different in the reasons why they bring up the memories. Although E.B White’s “Once More to the Lake” and Urrea’s “Life on the Mississippi” discuss memories, they focus on different purposes behind these memories, however they both use the same tone to address their audience. Whites purpose of writing “Once More to the Lake” is to illustrate and show his readers that the way his vacation with his son evokes powerful sensory memories that makes him struggle with an internal battle of letting go of his childhood. White constantly refers to the way his son reminds him of himself when he was younger going on this

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