The Struggle In Joan Didion's On Going Home

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In On Going Home by Joan Didion, Didion speaks of the struggle to connect her new way of life with her old way of life, the two being vastly different and unique. She speaks of her internal conflict that we all feel when we grow up and start to move away from home, leaving behind what we were given to create a new life with a new version of home built in our image. Being eighteen and still living with my family it's hard for me to grasp that feeling but the tone of frustration and sadness that Didion uses aids me to see and sense the heartache that can come from leaving home. While not quite being able to relate to leaving home, I can relate to the feeling of unease that comes with visiting the inlaws. When my brother got married everything…show more content…
That created a rift between out two families even my brother as Didion said "Marriage is the classic betrayal "(1)Though that is not the case any more and since then we have made up. However for a time being both sides were acted similar to the way Joan brother did referring to each other as if they had nothing to do with them and would never be considered apart of the "family". Moving on, Didion continues to covey the sorrow that cames from being away from her childhood home when she tells the reader of the anxiety she would feel after a family phone call, wondering if she could ever really go home again. On page two Didion discuss the girl on meth and how the feeling of shame and pity that one should feel from her generation did not come and concluded that it was because it did not affect her new life, that living away from he old ways of thinking allowed for her to be more open with the way people lived their lives. Didion then goes on speaking of cleaning her draws speaking fragment stories of "A bathing suit I wore the summer I was

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