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Amelia Murphy Writing the Essay Essay 2 Draft 1 3/25/08 The Definition of Define’ No one moves to Bronxville to be ordinary. In a bakery of life, Bronxville is crème brulee, wetting your appetite ever so slightly, tricking your taste buds into believing that ten dollars would be worth its tasteless sensation. It has a beautiful façade. Exquisite houses line the streets while picture perfect housewives sip on Starbucks, pondering the life altering question on how to fit Pilates and tennis on the same schedule. Every morning I eagerly ventured around my town, independently learning what the world had to offer. I was unaware of the microscope my neighbors and family held on me. I was only a child. Walker Percy trumpets this idea of autonomous discovery in his essay “The Loss of the Creature.” He paints lucid pictures of travelers, students and teachers, all of them exploring the world with preconceived notions hoping to someday grasp the truth. With every story told, Percy foils his learned characters with ‘untainted minds’ (175)—from a young girl aimlessly overhearing Beethoven to a young boy adventurously dissecting an ocean creature. Unlike their counter parts, these individuals do not worry ‘about the scratches and most of all worry about whether they are getting” the music (759). They have the luxury of choice. Percy argues that they alone are sovereign, open to new ideals, and fully prepared to have their own unique experiences. They can travel life as I did, ready to learn, in no way molded by the world around them. Yet, we all know this cannot last. My childhood quickly ended. Twelve years passed and while others embarked on a journey to a promising future, I was, in the eyes of my town, merely attending NYU. Page 1 of 7
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Amelia Murphy Writing the Essay Essay 2 Draft 1 3/25/08 Parents and friends comforted me, telling me that NYU was a great steppingstone. There was no need for me to worry--I would someday arrive at the school for me my sophomore year. While all the other students strutted in their coveted Ivy League college attire, I sunk to the background avoiding any subject that had to do with leaving. I became what Percy feared: dependent on other’s approval. I felt disappointed not because of myself but due to the actions and feelings of the people that surrounded me. My inability to fulfill the expectations of my town is what caused grief. Expectations such as these are the main focus in Walker Percy’s essay “The Loss of the Creature.” He comments on how we arrive at the Grand Canyon with preconceived notions. We believe that we will see something life altering, that the four hour ride on the Grey Hound Bus packed with fifty other people will be validated. Yet, this sight of the
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