Personal Perspective In This Is Water

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The phrase ‘Stepping into someone’s shoes’ is a common saying many people hear as children and it exists for a reason. Although it is a seemingly simple concept, it scratches the surface of a much grander and deeper conversation about how people think and understand. David Foster Wallace and Raymond Carver both explore the inner workings of perspective and understanding through looking at the very concepts that create and shape an individual 's personal views; such as awareness, love and abuse. While Carver takes a more traditional approach to the topic by using a conversation between four characters to convey his thoughts, Wallace’s dialogue takes the form of a lecture, directly addressing his audience with what he sees as the key to the truest form of freedom. Despite using different ideas and ways of conveying them, both writers share a common theme in how perspective can be either a limitation or a leeway into understanding life itself. In “This is Water”, Wallace addresses his ideas on perspective through looking at what people see as the idea of awareness He shows that the bias that comes from past experiences and previous conceptions limit the human ability to see beyond personal point-of-view. As Wallace puts it; “Here 's one example of the utter wrongness of something I tend to be automatically sure of: Everything in my own immediate experience supports my deep belief that I am the absolute center of the universe, the realest, most vivid and important person in
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