Essay Analysis Of ' On The Rainy River ' By O ' Brien

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Our Selves Summative Assessment [hook] All people feel shame in their lives. [relevance to real life, maybe a personal anecdote]. Shame is defined as humiliation caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. Shame researcher Brené Brown in a Ted Talk defined guilt as “I’m sorry for this mistake” whereas shame is “I am a mistake.” She also stated that vulnerability is not weakness, but it is shame that teaches creativity, emotional risk, courage, and innovation. People of different races and genders experience shame for not satisfying society’s standards of perfection, and the resulting stress can lead people to hate themselves and hide their flaws but in reality making mistakes is human. Brown concludes that shame is an epidemic in our culture, and empathy is the antidote. In society, Brown is not the only person to acknowledge shame. In autobiographical texts like “On the Rainy River” by O 'Brien, “Mirrorings" by Grealy, “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self” by Walker, and “Letter to My Son" by Coates, the central argument seen throughout is that shame should be accepted because doing so brings inner peace and shapes identity. Similar language is used in these four texts to convey the central argument. Conveying a similar argument, all the memoirs were written by authors with different perspectives and time periods from each other. In “On the Rainy River” O’Brien was a white male who was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War in 1969. His hyper-patriotic…

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