The Importance of Space to One’s Identity

Apr 28th, 2015
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When it comes to our own identity and the type of traits our personality may develop, the spaces in which we live have a profound impact on how our minds work and grow throughout our lives. Edwidge Danticat makes this evident in her story, “Westbury Court,” where we can see how the detail of the setting that she grew up in points to unspoken aspects of the way her family may have been as well as how the nuances of her environment have impacted the way she thinks and interprets specific events in her life.

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The Importance of Space to Ones IdentityDaniel GeorgeDevry UniversityWhen it comes to our own identity and the type of traits our personality may develop, the spaces in which we live have a profound impact on how our minds work and grow throughout our lives. Edwidge Danticat makes this evident in her story, Westbury Court, where we can see how the detail of the setting that she grew up in points to unspoken aspects of the way her family may have been as well as how the nuances of her environment have impacted the way she thinks and interprets specific events in her life. This kind of personal evolution with regards to environment can not only be seen in this story, but also applies broadly to any readers own personal experience and builds a common relationship between the storys author and her readers, making the story a more visceral experience.In Danticats story, we see continuous references and descriptions of Westbury Court that bring it to life and allow us some insight in to the kinds of people she lived around and the general atmosphere in which she and her family lived. She describes there being graffiti on most of the walls, [] hills of trash piled up outside, leading us to believe she lived in a somewhat poor neighborhood which has subliminal implications that the reader builds in his or her head. Such things would be the thought that her family had to deal with poverty, meaning she had a deep appreciation for things

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