HW 2.docx - Atmika Pai Student ID 3034244698 GSI Christine Tseng Discussion Section 111(Mondays 2-3pm \u201cIt is your genius only your genius could have

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Atmika Pai Student ID: 3034244698 GSI: Christine Tseng Discussion Section: 111 (Mondays 2-3pm) “It is your genius, only your genius could have created such an elaborate prison for your own self. The ally is telling you you have built enough.” (Pendell 56) I picked these lines out of a series of paragraphs describing the toxic relationship between an ally and its user. To me, these lines epitomized the relationship between the ally and its user, as they addressed the guilt, the trauma, and the terror you feel when you face your ally. Reading these lines teleported me back to a time when I relied on binge-eating to relieve my frustration and stress over academics and personal relationships. What I found particularly interesting in these lines was the use of the word “genius”. The word has a positive connotation, and so it seemed like Pendell was mocking you for engaging with an ally in the first place. Moreover, the repetition of “your” suggested that Pendell was
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