english paper 3 - 1 Professor Barbato English Composition 102 14 April 2019 Your Agency is your shield Agency is being able to make your own choices and

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1 Professor Barbato English Composition 102 14 April 2019 Your Agency is your shield Agency is being able to make your own choices and never relying on someone else’s opinion. It is being able to be independent and having your own free will to do anything you desire. The theme of agency is presented in the narratives "Barbara the Slut," by Lauren Holmes and "Drown," by Junot Diaz. Each narratives show how both individuals deal with having their agency being taken away. By examining both individuals and their story, it helps the reader understand why their agency should be secured and not taken from them. Not only does it help the read understand but it gives the reader a well enough overview of their situation to determine whether or not the narrative ends with a victory of securing their agency. In the narrative, “Barbara the Slut," by Lauren Holmes, Barbara is continuously slut shamed for being comfortable with her sexuality. The story starts off by having Barabara being the narrator explaining that “they”, such as her peers, consistently called her a “Barbara the slut” and other names too. Although, “they” called her these many names, she never viewed herself as a “slut”. In fact, she was very confident and comfortable with her own sexuality and desires. She knew what her standards were and she never expected anything less. “Maybe I wasn’t hard to get, but i did have standards. They were: good teeth and good skin and big hands. And I needed to know that boys were honest, which most of them were.” (Holmes 239). Not only did she know exactly what she wanted, but she knew what she could bring to the table as well. She was very
2 confident in her own skin, especially when says, “..but the truth is also that I am pretty“ (Holmes 241) and continues on in the page to say that she has some really pretty features such as, “I got

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