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Chethana Venkatraman 2 nd period Gomez ‘In The Lake of The Woods’ Essay Prompt 1 We, as humans, are a sum of our actions and our memories. We are born as blank slates, identical in thought and exposure. Our experiences from that day forwards begin to characterise us as people, and affect our values and attitudes contemporarily. We are constantly being psychologically affected by our experiences, often subconsciously, transforming us into the person that we are now. The omnipresent debate of ‘nature vs. nurture’ seems unequivocally slanted towards nurture in Tim O’ Brien’s ‘In The Lake of the Woods’. John Wade’s behaviour can be linked to his negative childhood relationship with his father and the lack of attention he received. His subsequent vying for attention through magic tricks and stalking is therefore somewhat crudely justified. Combined with the post-traumatic stress encountered in Vietnam, Wade finds his place of solitude behind the ‘mirrors’ in his head. As he tries to escape from his past, he finds himself delving deeper into his fortress of solitude until he is unable to distinguish coherently between memories and reality, “generating an ambiguous narrative equally prone to camouflage and trapdoors.” Wade’s traumatic past really began with his treatment by his father, culminating at said father’s tragic suicide. We see Wade, desperate for his father’s approval suddenly have it snatched abruptly away from him, leaving him with unresolved feelings of loneliness and a chronic need for attention. This is exemplified by Eleanor Wade - John’s mother - stating that “John never accepted it…he’d be having make-believe conversations.” His attempt at creating imaginary interactions with his father stems from the lack of wholesome memories he carries of them together. He has these 1
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Chethana Venkatraman 2 nd period Gomez make-believe conversations to make up for the time lost and the possible interactions that they never had. Richard R. Ellis states that there “are negative consequences for those who carry unresolved childhood grief into adulthood”. His lack of compassion received as a child is probably one of the major motivations for his future career as a politician. He finds excitement in the way he can garner support and respect from the masses. It is a feeling second to love, but for him, “a respectable sort of emptiness.” He deliberately confuses genuine love with the mass support of the public. It
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