Analysis Of Goodbye To All That By Didion
As her story went on her views changed and between sometime her enchantment with New York dulled and she felt almost trapped in a world where nothing seemed to change. The essay truly reflects Didion’s transition between youth and adulthood and the newfound wisdom she seemed to gain on her life and New York.
Wisdom is defined as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment and “in its primary sense denotes the knowledge that comes with experience and is consequently often associated with age and the process of ageing .” As Aristotle says “a man of practical wisdom must be able to deliberate well about the things that are good for him. Emotional development needs to be connected to a broader and deeper reflection .” In Goodbye to All That the reader can see the journey of Didion’s ageing in big city which inevitably broke her youthful “golden rhythm.” Didion drives home the notion that New York is an idea that stands for …show more content…
In How Joan Didion the Writer Became Joan Didion The Legend , they described how Didion is “absorbed, intensely, in what’s going on around her, but is not involved; her gaze fixed, even salivating, yet also vacant. Her motto might be: See everything, hear everything, do nothing. Still, her nothing is something, her extreme passivity a form of extreme aggression. She takes events, people, places that inspire violent and chaotic feelings—passion, hope, terror, despair—and subdues them, controls them, counteracting their awesome power simply by looking at them in a certain way.” Her discovery of who she is and what she is starts with her first encounter with New York and how “some instinct, programmed by all the movies I had ever seen and all the songs I had ever heard sung and all the stories I had ever read about New York, informed me that it would never be the same” (226). Didion captured the infinite possibility of the city and the near-magical quality it can have for out-of-towners. Then the rest of her life carries on like an intricate map much like our thinking is mapped out in our brain. In looking at Project Muse which went over the syntax of Didion’s last essay the author discovered that they reflected Didion’s syntax when revising the essay and the essay is more complicated than it seems. It is an array of thoughts, as stated before a map of thoughts and “As