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An individual’s environment can influence one’s thoughts and decisions as evidenced in Danticat’s “Westbury Court”. Her surroundings shaped her life in a multitudeof ways. For example, her interaction with others, her motivations in life, and her perspective as it relates to the world around her.

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WESTBURY COURTEDWIDGE DANTICATDEVRY UNIVERSITYSean CarattiniBarbara MonaghanEnglish ENGL108Westbury CourtAn individuals environment can influence ones thoughts and decisions as evidenced in Danticats Westbury Court. Her surroundings shaped her life in a multitude of ways. For example, her interaction with others, her motivations in life, and her perspective as it relates to the world around her. A persons views are created in their formative years and are adjusted as they enter adulthood. Part of who Danticat is today derives from her years spent in Westbury Court. People are the summation of their experiences and Danticats time in that six-story building in a cul-de-sac off of Flatbush Avenue, in Brooklyn (pg. 80.), is an integral part of that equation.Prior to arriving in Brooklyn, Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. During her time there, she lived in extreme poverty. Additionally, where there is poverty there is a high level of crime and a lack of education. Then her family moved to Westbury Court where according to Danticat, there was graffiti on most of the wallsand piles of trash piled up outsideand the heat and hot water werent always on(pg. 81). This account signified the living conditions were sub-standard. Moreover, while living at Westbury Court she encountered issues that no fourteen-year old adolescent should endure. She witnessed death, crime and i

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