The Gift Of Imperfection, By Dick Gregory Essay

826 Words Oct 5th, 2015 4 Pages
We are defined by our choices which develops personality and perspective on life. What may be considered shameful to one person, may be an acceptable everyday existence for another person. American author Brene Brown, in The Gift of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, writes, “Shame works like the zoom lens on a camera. When we are feeling shame, the camera is zoomed in tight and all we see is our flawed selves, alone and struggling. (Goodread)” Dick Gregory, author of Shame, experienced some aspects of shame through family, school, and society. Dick Gregory’s family experienced financial struggle, especially with no father figure in the picture. The only income he received was from shining shoes and selling papers. He lacked attention at home because of the competition from six siblings. When the pipes froze and there was no water to wash his only pair of clothes, he went to the local grocery store and was granted the leftover water from the ice, which melted in the soda machine. Due to his clothes not drying, and the fire frequently going out at night, it resulted in him being sick often. The family’s meals they had at home were not very appealing at all. “You can’t really make a meal of paste, or put it on bread for a sandwich, but sometimes I’d scoop a few spoonfuls out of the big paste jar in the back of the room” (Gregory 164). Sometimes, his income from shining shoes and selling papers was used to support the family…

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