Art in My Life Essay example

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Art in My Life

Growing up, the first forms of art I was most exposed to were literature and music. Both served the same purpose in my life: to take my mind away from the present. Their effect on me was the same. When listening to a song or reading a book my mind was so focused on what I was doing that I was oblivious to the world around me. My mom frequently complained about my infatuation with books because whenever she called me to run an errand while I was reading, I never heard her. She assumed that it was because I was purposely pretending not to hear to avoid doing work. In order to snap me out of my daze one of my siblings always had to come to my room and physically shake me. That was the level at which I was engrossed
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To my dismay my mother refused to let me watch television until all my siblings were finished with their homework too. It was too cold to play outside, and I had nothing to do inside. I sat in the living room staring at the blank television screen, hoping, just hoping that my mother would change her mind. My plan wasn’t working, as she was too busy cooking to notice my defiant act. That’s when I looked down at the shelf where the videocassettes were kept. There it was, like a shadow always haunting me. It seemed like the book only showed up in my presence whenever I had nothing else to do, hoping that this would be the time I would be bored enough to read it. For the first time in the two years since I first laid eyes on that cover I picked it up and opened it.

I really only intended to read it until I could watch television but that’s not how it turned out. After the first few chapters, I had become its victim. I couldn’t stop reading because the book had me hooked. The book was a tragic story about a young African American girl who believes she is ugly and wishes for blue eyes. The society she lives in does nothing to convince her otherwise, and in fact it helps confirm her belief. Although Pecola is innocent and does nobody any harm, the world repays her harshly. In her search only to be loved she ends up getting raped by her father twice, beat by her mother and used by a sham mystic. Later she finds out that her own father has impregnated

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