Krystal Horne RD1 - Horne 1 Krystal Horne Essay #1 ENGL...

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Horne Krystal Horne Essay #1 ENGL 1101-30 Prof. Katie Chaple-Borton 14 February 2008 Growing up, I was one of those shy, sheltered kids, a follower by nature, who believed almost everything I heard or saw. It wasn’t until middle school, particularly the seventh grade, where all of that changed; I changed and so did my image. One of my close friends had recently come out of the closet. She was so scared and afraid of what people would think; she never told her parents. The only thing I knew about gays and lesbians was the stereotypical illustrations that I saw on the television or heard from other people, never thinking to find out for myself until later. After I read about what it was all about is when I realized that it’s just an image and it does not represent all homosexuals. I didn’t feel any more or less different when around her; I still saw her as one of my closest friends. Soon after she revealed her sexuality to our small circle of friends, this close circle soon started to diminish. I didn’t understand why they felt so awkward towards her. I came to the realization that regardless of what someone’s sexuality may be, they are still human beings with thoughts and feelings just like me. In this gaining of knowledge, I felt as though I shed some of my own innocence and learned to see things from a different perspective. In Ron Rash’s The World Made Straight , Rash’s use of a pair of glasses reflects the theme of knowledge vs. 1
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Horne innocence and exposes the idea of image vs. true self as seen by Dena and Travis throughout the novel. Travis is someone who let himself be defined by society—namely his father and his friends. Throughout The World Made Straight , Travis is yearning for attention, acceptance, and love, but he like Dena, is also trying to figure out who he is so he can better himself and move on. Travis has an image of a rebellious, beer-drinking, tough guy who never really took school seriously. “He liked Shank calling him an outlaw, liked the respectful way the other boys looked at him as they waited for him to tell what is was like to live with a drug pusher and bootlegger ” (Rash 140). Travis’ gratification of himself as this image of a strong, bad-boy also suggests his low self-esteem and morale. Travis is also dependent somewhat, although he is dependent on what people—namely his father thinks. This socially-defined image suggests Travis’s innocence; his desire for attention, acceptance,
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2008 for the course HIST 2111 taught by Professor Randolph,terry during the Spring '08 term at University of West Georgia.

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