The Journey Of Self Discovery

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Who are you? Who are you in the eyes of a total stranger and who would they see when they look at you? Is this perception of you the same or different from who you think you are or who you want to be? Do you know who you are, and if you do, when did you take the path of self discovery? The journey of self discovery is a journey that most people take at some point during their life, whether it is very early in life or rather late in life. In the novels, Billy Lynn 's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the three protagonists have all undergone a journey on the path of self discovery. These journey range in length, depth, and significance just as these self…show more content…
Each of the protagonists have started or completed their path towards their journey to self discovery, however no path is identical and the results of having started or having completed the journey vary in significance and effectiveness in regards to the impact that they have one their lives. The life you live is what shapes who you are and is what leads you on your path towards self discovery. This may seem obvious, that self discovery is a journey that happens during one’s lifetime, but some people are not as fortunate to live such a fulfilled life that they are able to partake in such a journey. There are people that would argue that to simply have a life does not mean that one is actually living. With that being said, it is privilege to not only live a life, but to also discover one’s own identity because some people who live do not get that far either. In these three novels the three protagonists, Billy Lynn, Jay Gatsby, and Invisible Man, have all lived lives that have led them on their path to self discovery. Billy’s own journey was one mainly focused on battling with his own inner self. “Inner peace—you need to know who you are, what you want out of life. You have to do your own thinking, and for that you better know who you are, and not just know but be secure in it, comfortable with yourself” (Fountain), in this quote Billy is recognizing and showcasing to the readers his own path to understanding and discovering himself. Billy
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