“Two Perceptions With Different Meanings”
Through young eyes we can see a whole different image of what the world is. Through this world we tend to have a whole different idea on our surroundings and look at things in a whole new way. If one was to take what we know as adults and try to compare and contrast that with what we knew as children we can see how we develop but at the same time how we forget. In Mark Twain’s, “Two Ways of Seeing a River”. Twain is able to speak of how a young man begins a journey seeing things he never saw before and taking in the beauty of it such as a small child would take his mother or fathers hand with no hesitation. Then he is able to express to the reader how no matter how many times you see images in life they all start to become in a sense, “routine with continued exposure,” in a way that we start to lose grasp on the things that we once grasped with open arms. Many times we as humans can see a small child playing and we tend to miss the youthful vigor and livelihood we once had. We tend to remember those things that we had but realize that we have our normal day to day lives to live and can never fully be able to recover that particular way of life. As Twain wrote, “I had lost something which could never be restored to me while I lived. All the grace, the beauty, the poetry, had gone out of the majestic river!” (438). Through this he says how we may have once saw the beauty and fun in life through which we actually see in our day to day lives but given time everything is routine and more ordinary to us. Twain also said, “I still kept in mind a certain wonderful sunset which I witnessed when steam boating was new to me” (438-439). We should rather like a child enjoy those things that we had with a passion and to never let them go. When loved ones die do we just forget about them and never remember, or do we move on and remember those things that made us happy and too never forget those memories in...
Cited: Comley, Nancy. Fields of Reading. Didion, Joan. On Keeping a Notebook. 9th edition. New Yorkand Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2010. 114-119. Print.
Mark, Twain. Two Ways of Seeing a River. 9th edition. New York and Boston: Bedford/St. Martin, 2010. 438-440. Print.
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