man as a mountain

man as a mountain - Mull 1 Jason Mull English 31AC (Prompt...

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Mull 1 Jason Mull English 31AC (Prompt #5) 10-04-08 “Man as a Mountain" In his poem Tattoo, Gregg Shapiro portrays the son of a Holocaust survivor. The character’s father wears the physical and emotional scars of his past; tattooed both physically and mentally. Just like lines and colors in rocks and cliffs reveal a complex history of erosion, “there [are] stories in the lines on his face” (Shapiro 364). Similarly, in James McBride’s The Color of Water, we see an example of a son deeply affected and enthralled by the past of a parent. Both tell the story of human beings directly shaped by their past, and describe the concept of these pasts acting as extensions of their child’s own history. These stories describe the inheritability of experience and the almost patch-worked nature of identity. James McBride’s The Color of Water is both an autobiography and a tribute to the life of McBride’s mother, Ruth. Like in the Tattoo, Ruth’s life has been affected by great trauma. She is therefore extremely hesitant to reveal aspects of her past or even of her family’s racial identity to her children. For example, when asked by James what race he was she replied by saying, “You’re a human being…Educate yourself or you’ll be a nobody,” and when asked who her parents were replied “God made me” (McBride 92). She is clearly under the impression that one’s race, culture, background, family, and roots are of relatively no importance. She seems to proclaim that we are defined only by what
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