Living with Strangers by Siri Hustvedt Essay

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Michelle Gjørup Engelsk Essay 17. maj 2015

Living with strangers By Siri Hustvedt Living in big cities like New York City is a relatively modern phenomena, and why wouldn't it be when the big city, unlike the countryside has so much more to offer? Hundreds and thousands of possibilities can be found and realized in the big cities, its been this way from the time after the industrialization in the 1800’s with the increase of urbanization where a lot of people moved to the big cities to get a job. But with so many people in one place comes several dilemmas, like what do you do in certain situations when people around you seem not to care as much? The lack of social interaction has a
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The essay is built up in three sections. In the first part Hustvedt tells her personal story about how she moved from the country side where everybody greets each other to the big city of New York, where hundreds of people live side by side and have physical contact everyday, but that only makes the lack of “human” contact even more visible. She then learns the so-called unwritten rule of the big city, to not care; ”... I found myself in intimate contact with people I didn’t know, my body pressed so tightly against them, I could smell their hair oils, perfumes, and sweat. In my former life, such closeness belonged exclusively to boyfriends and family. It didn’t take long for me to absorb the unwritten code of survival in this town *...+: PRETEND IT ISN’T HAPPENING.” (ll. 15-20) as a reader one can defiantly relate to such an situation and identify with it, this defiantly helps to make the situation seem more “real”. Siri has now caught the reader’s attention in a very effective manner. In the second part of the story Siri comes with a very serious and over the top example to build her argument up: ”Last October, I was on the F Train when I noticed a wild-eyed man entering the car. He boomed out a few verses from Revelation and then, in an equally loud voice, began his sermon, informing us that September 11 had been God’s just punishment for our sins. I could feel the cold, stiff resistance to his words

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