Essay on Outcomes of Gaining and Losing Faith

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Everyone's future depends on their self-belief and how positively they look at the events that occur in their life. This is portrayed through Suzanne Buffam’s “Trying” and Alix Ohlin’s novel Inside. The speaker and Anne both face inner conflicts; the speaker gains faith in herself which helps her overcome her conflict and have a peaceful state of mind, whereas Anne loses faith in herself which leads to her failure in overcoming her conflict and losing her confidence. The speaker’s reassuring tone shows her peace of mind contrary to which Anne’s melancholic tone which shows her low self-esteem. Furthermore, the speaker’s use of allusion shows her inner peace, which is the result of gaining faith in herself, whereas Anne’s use of diction…show more content…
She has, “the feeling of knowing nothing this good could last, of getting away with it now, for as long as she could. Let’s hope” (Ohlin 209). This proves that Anne’s inner conflict is that she hopes for her relationship with Diane to last, but does not believe that will happen. After losing faith in herself, she thinks she does not have the ability to maintain a relationship. She even says, “Other people were destined to keep leaving, over and over again” (Ohlin 229). She is saying that she will always have to abandon the people she loves. She does not understand that if she wants to be with Diane, she needs to have faith in herself. Instead, she keeps thinking the worst of herself and breaks up with Diane. Unlike the speaker who overcomes her conflict by gaining faith, Anne does not overcome her conflict as she loses her faith and ends up being pessimistic. The speaker’s reassuring tone reflects her peace of mind, which is the result of gaining faith in herself whereas Anne’s dejected tone portrays how she does not believe in herself which is the result of losing her faith. The speaker feels at peace because of her faith. She says, “try not to worry” (Buffam). She is reassuring herself which shows her faith and trying not to worry because she has started to believe that she will eventually get pregnant. She looks in the mirror and says, “The mirror, perhaps mercifully, was dusty, and I did not get a good look”
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