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assignment 4 copy 2 - King 1 Gerrick King Professor...

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King 1 Gerrick King Professor November Basic Composition 100 07 November 2011 Assignment 4 Option 1 Narratives Prove That Imagination and Reality Are The Same Entity Although imagination and reality are two seemingly different things, imagination and reality are so intertwined that they may be the same entity. Imagination is never based on one’s own creation, it is based on something one has experienced with their five senses or has felt emo- tionally. Reality is commonly thought of as being tangible while imagination is considered 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 approaching an understanding of reality. Gopnik and Winterson consider imagination and reality as two separate entities. Winterson specifically delves into the negative effects of imagination while Gopnik ex- plains how imagination can be beneficial to interpreting reality. However, regarding imagination as having positive and negative effects detracts from the fact that reality and imagination symbi- otically influence each other. Because their relationship is so symbiotic, they can be interpreted as being one holistic entity. Interpreting imagination and reality as synonymous ultimately en- courages one to fulfill curiosities, seek answers to questions, and obtain open-minded expecta- tions 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 broader sense of his sur-
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King 2 roundings, imagination makes it easier to come up with ideas that may eventually develop into a solution. Metaphorically speaking, 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, which is important 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 self- hood 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 con- nection that imagination and reality are the same entity. This connection between imagination and reality can be based on how we set goals and expectations for ourselves to achieve over the duration of our lives. He strives to find an identity for himself. He has hopes and expectations that the people from the places he had dreamt about are just as marvelous as the places. The nar-
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