Assingment One WR122 - Dye 1 Jacob Eric Dye Professor...

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Dye 1 Jacob Eric Dye Professor Bartholemy WR-122 2 October 2016 My true Comfort Zone Life is interesting. It is so complicated, so unbelievably general, yet so unbelievably unique to each and every one of us. Our thoughts, our processes, what we strive for, are all interconnected to our biology, yet who we are and the specifics to what we think and how we process are so unique to the individual that we are. Jonathan Franzen’s essay “The Comfort Zone” was such a unique perspective on such a general concept, a comfort zone. Each person on this planet has their own idea of what brings them back to comfort, a place, a noun, a person, or all of the above. Franzen’s idea of a comfort zone serves complete justice to the general idea, the comic strip: “Peanuts”. Whenever Franzen was faced with complicated issues in his life, whenever he found that he did not want to cope with certain aspects of his existence, he returned to the “Peanuts” strip, a piece of literary genius that he denotes as “ “ (Franzen). Comparatively, while Johnson found his relative comfort zone in reading a comic strip, I believe my approach was fairly different. I found my comfort in the creation of stories, rather than the escape into literacy or comic strips. Initially, writing helped me come closer to acceptance of traumatic events, it was a coping mechanism I used to understand and come to terms with significant events in my life. Similar to Johnson’s traumatic experience with death in his essay, I too experienced death, but with a much more significant impact. As a kid around 11 years old, there was a point that I was infatuated over death. I believe the reason I began my obsession was due to my first
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Dye 2 experience with it. The first death that I was ever a part of was in my family, it was my grandmother on my father’s side: Suzanne Dye. The entire experience was completely traumatizing and changed my perception on the world forever. The age old saying “One moment you have an individual in your life, healthy, supportive, and aware, then the next you are forced
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