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King 1 Gerrick King Professor November Expos 07 November 2011 Assignment 4 Imagination = Reality Although imagination and reality are two seemingly different things, imagination and reality are so intertwined that they may actually be the same entity. Imagination is never based on one’s own creation, it is always based on something he has experienced with his five senses or feels emotionally. Reality is commonly thought of as being tangible while imagination is con- sidered to be intangible; however, both share the characteristics of being tangible and intangible. Jeannette Winterson’s, “The World and Other Places” and Adam Gopnik’s, “Bumping into Mr. Ravioli,” present two opposing views on the idea that imagination may be advantageous in ap - proaching an understanding of reality. Gopnik and Winterson consider imagination and reality to be two separate entities. Winterson specifically delves into the negative effects of imagination while Gopnik explains how imagination can be beneficial to interpreting reality. However, re- garding imagination as having positive and negative effects detracts from the fact that reality and imagination symbiotically influence each other. Because their relationship is so symbiotic, they can be interpreted as being one holistic entity. Interpreting imagination and reality as synonym- ous ultimately encourages one to fulfill curiosities, seek answers to questions, and obtain open- minded expectations of current and future experiences. Imagination can be useful when it allows one to seek answers to questions; it allows an individual to obtain a broader sense of their surroundings. With this, imagination makes it easier
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King 2 to come up with ideas that may eventually develop into a solution based on metaphores. For ex- ample, an idea is like a desire to build a house, but imagination gives you the raw materials that are needed to reach that goal. Imagination can lead to the exploration of options. It shows im- portance because with new options, an individual can develop hypotheses. Winterson explores how imagination can help answer questions when she introduces the narrator of “The World and Other Places.” Throughout the essay, the narrator embarks on a quest for selfhood and clarity. He is fundamentally trying to find a specific answer to the question, “How shall I live?” (Winterson 287) however, he fails at the end due to the fact he could not make the connection between ima- gination versus reality and that they are the same entity. This connection between imagination and reality can be based on how we set goals and expectations not only for ourselves , but the duration of our lives. He strives to find an identity for himself. He hopes and expects that the people he had dreamt about are just as marvelous as the places. The narrator states, “The curious
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