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DAR12 - the reflection of the parents as referring to the...

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Ryan Wisneski LIT 2020 October 27 th , 2010 Daily Analytical Reflection In the novel Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth we see a theme of continuity in a repeating pattern looping stories about stories from the very first page with the instructions to cut out the strip in the first chapter. This idea of continuity is shown in the section entitled, Night- Sea Journey which explores the adventure of sperm on its way to the mysterious shore that seems to represent the egg in a somewhat heroic journey. In Autobiography we see a creative way to look at another moment in life and a few interesting views on a child and also the idea of abortion. We see the mention of mirrors, a constant theme in experiential literature, to describe
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Unformatted text preview: the reflection of the parents as referring to the child as a mirror of the parents giving off a distorted view of them. The idea of abortion seems to come to a forefront when the author speaks of how the child does not decide anything, like whether they would like to live as they cannot chose a beginning yet they are their own person. This site of tension takes the birthing process and spins a somewhat negative light on it showing children as a type of vengeance of the parents. Abortions are also recognized as a mercy killing to save the child from a life that he has not chosen....
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