Paper 2- A Discussion of Urban, Suburban, and Rural Spaces

Apr 28th, 2015
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No matter where you grow up, whether it be urban, suburban, or rural; home is where you make it. Although these stories take place in two very different places, one in the city and the other in the country, both writers tend to focus more on the outside of their houses and the surrounding area rather than the inside of their homes. Both authors make a point to explain that no matter where one’s house is or what type of neighborhood it is located in, it will always feel safe to them and it will always be considered their home.

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A Discussion of Urban, Suburban, and Rural SpacesTimothy Brolsma DeVry University No matter where you grow up, whether it be urban, suburban, or rural; home is where you make it. Although these stories take place in two very different places, one in the city and the other in the country, both writers tend to focus more on the outside of their houses and the surrounding area rather than the inside of their homes. Both authors make a point to explain that no matter where ones house is or what type of neighborhood it is located in, it will always feel safe to them and it will always be considered their home. In the short story, Westbury Court, Edwidge Danticat tells the reader that she lives in a six-story apartment building located in a cul-de-sac with her mother, father, and three brothers. She talks about how noisy her apartment building was: Beneath the building ran a subway station through which rattled the D, M, and Q trains every fifteen minutes or so (Danticat, 2004). We are also lead to believe by the narrator, she did not grow up in the nicest part of the city or the nicest apartment building: Though there was graffiti on most of the walls of Westbury Court, and hills of trash piled up outside, and though the elevator wasnt always there when we opened the door to step inside and the heat and hot water werent always on (Danticat, 2004), an area that some call a ghetto. She also tells us that a year after the fire happened in her

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