Analysis Of The Book ' This Is What It Means For Say Phoenix, Arizona ``

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Looking in the mirror is a figurative expression that we interpret as to look deeply inside ourselves and discover who we truly are. When we look deep inside ourselves we are most of the time deeply disappointed with what we find. Sometimes the journey to finding ourselves is long and troublesome one; we steer ourselves in the wrong direction by believing in the perception of what we believe to be the right answer to our problems. Through five short stories will we learn that, “only through pain and suffering can one obtain the wisdom of life.”
The theme of Sherman’s Alexei’s “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” is reflected by the story’s symbolism. Understanding the mythology of Phoenix is an important aspect to growing a deeper understanding of what the true meaning behind the story background. Not only is the Phoenix a city in Arizona but also the name of a long-lived bird that repeatedly regenerates from rebirth. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor making it a symbol of immortality and regeneration. This symbolically references to Thomas and Victors fiery passion to travel to phoenix to reclaim the ashes of Victors and his father’s life.
Fire is a symbol of the passions that soars threw the heart. Though Thomas is still an outsider his “fire” becomes a catalyst for Victor to embody or envelop. When Thomas tells victor the story of his journey to Spokane Falls to locate Victor’s father, Victor…

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