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The Endorphins Start Of The Song Tra Bong

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Endorphins: “The endorphins start to flow, and the adrenaline, and you hold your breath and creep quietly through the moonlit nightscapes; you become intimate with danger; you’re in touch with the far side of yourself, as though it’s another hemisphere, and you want to string out and go wherever the trip takes you and be host to all the possibilities inside yourself.” (Page 109, Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”)
Definition: noun 1. any of a group of peptides occurring in the brain and other tissues of vertebrates, and resembling opiates, that react with the brain 's opiate receptors to raise the pain threshold.
Divestiture: “And what preps Milkman for this change is a steady process of divestiture.” (Page 157, If She Comes Up…)
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(“Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”) Symbolism was basically the overall purpose of the entire seminar. The questions were to analyze Tim O 'Brien as a Christ figure, or to what extent Mary Anne was baptized. Both of these things were told by using symbolism rather than in the literal sense. The Song Tra Bong river symbolizes the beginning of Mary Anne’s shift into this other person. It appears that she goes into the river with only the natural curiosities one may possess. However, it is after her refreshing dip in the river that the story begins to articulate her various changes into this woman who may not fit into the gender roles of the day.
Characterization:“She’s got on culottes. White culottes, and this sexy pink sweater.” (Page 86) ... “She wore her pink sweater and a white blouse and a simple cotton skirt.” (Page 105) ... “”She was wearing her culottes, her pink sweater, and a necklace of human tongues.” (Page 110) (“Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”) In “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” Mary Anne is mentioned to have this same outfit on in at least three separate points in the story. Each time her clothing is specified, her personality allegedly has
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