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Running Head: “RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SPACE, MEMORY AND IDENTITY”
“Relationship between Space, Memory and Identity”
Ruben Zea
DeVry University

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Running Head: “RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SPACE, MEMORY AND IDENTITY”
Ruben Zea
“Relationship between Space, Memory and Identity”
Understanding who we are takes a matter of time and experience. Emotions towards a
particular space that we are in help us store special memories, that forever takes part of our
conscious. That is why every single event of our lives has a special meaning, thus learning from
the past influences our identity in the future.
Stories like Westbury Court by Danticat, Edwidge make us understand, that the fire that
took the lives of the two children who lived across the hall of her apartment, was the prominent
source of her vivid memories about Westbury Court. It was clear that the fire impacted her
attitude towards responsibility. She reminisces about something her mother said first to her
brother’s as a warning, but then takes a stronger meaning upon herself conscious, it is
sometimes too late to say ‘I shouldn’t have.(Danticat, 2013) She felt like her mother was right
about it because she felt guilty for not being able to notice the smoke from the fire. She often
questioned if it wasn’t cause of the firemen, she could have died with brothers as well.
That personal experience with the fire changed her life as she eventually grew up, making
her think about being more responsible with her actions as an adult. Everyone learns from those
mistakes the hard way, but Danticat was lucky enough to be alive to recognize her mistake. The
most important lessons are kept in our memories to understand them and better ourselves in the
future. Just like any other human being, we adapt and grow stronger, and become wiser after the
years. The memories are attached to our experiences, from the places we have been around to the
most important events, and that is what affects our identity in the future.

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 “Relationship between Space, Memory and Identity” Ruben Zea DeVry University Ruben Zea “Relationship between Space, Memory and Identity” Understanding who we are takes a matter of time and experience. Emotions towards a particular space that we are in help us store special memories, that forever takes part of our conscious. That is why every single event of our lives has a special meaning, thus learning from the past influences our identity in the future. Stories like Westbury Court by Danticat, Edwidge make us understand, that the fire that took the lives of the two children who lived across the hall of her apartment, was the prominent source of her vivid memories about Westbury Court. It was clear that the fire impacted her attitude towards responsibility. She reminisces about something her mother said first to her brother’s as a warning, but then takes a stronger meaning upon herself conscious, “it is sometimes too late to say ‘I shouldn’t have.”(Danticat, 2013) She felt like her mother was right about it because she felt guilty for not being able to notice the smoke from the fire. She often questioned if it wasn’t cause of the firemen, she could have died with brothers as well. That personal experience with the fire changed her life as she eventually grew up, making her think about being more responsible with her actions as ...
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