Fish Cheeks And Papa's Parrot Analysis

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“There is only one you.Stop trying to devalue yourself by trying to be a copy of someone else.” ~Susie Clevenger. Susie Clevenger is one of the greatest poet and author. Her poems connect to life and identity. In this quote she rightly states that, in the world there is only one of us, and by trying to be identical to someone we forget who we really are. Sometimes in life, we are so determined to get what we want that we forget who we really are. Characters in these stories struggle with their identities at first but late realize that they need to be themselves. In the short stories “Fish Cheeks”by Amy Tan, “The Bass, The River and Sheila Mant” by W.D. Wetherell and “Papa’s Parrot” by Cynthia Rylant, the characters learn about their identities through significant moments.
To begin, Amy Tan from “Fish Cheeks”, learns about herself through the events of a christmas
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Wetherell and “Papa’s Parrot” by Cynthia Rylant, show significant moments when characters the realize who they really are. To begin with, when Amy’s crush Robert comes over for christmas eve diner, Amy is embarrassed because of her weird chinese cultures. But, later she realizes that no matter what she will always remain chinese. Then, the narrator in “The Bass, The River and Sheila Mant” leaves behind the biggest bass he has ever seen so that he does not embarrass himself in front of his crush, Sheila Mant. Finally in “Papa’s Parrot” Harry does not think it is as important to visit his father but he is shocked when he understands how his dad feels about him. In all these stories, the characters struggle with their identities at first, but later realize who they really are through significant moments in the story. Sometimes in life we struggle with are identities, and try to be someone we are not, someone different. But, we must understand that no matter what we do we will always remain our true
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