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Post #3 Creative Nonfiction

In “Mirrorings”, we see that Lucy is extremely distraught over her face and how disfigured it has become after the extensive chemotherapy she has to undergo after she develops cancer. Unfortunately, part of the right side of her jaw has to be removed and she has to undergo massive facial reconstruction over the years in order to reconstruct her face. Black Swans is told just like a story in the first person and is a literary piece in that sense. I think of one of the major instances of the usage of symbol are the mirror and the narator’s face. The mirror is a symbol of fear for the narrator; she is frightened of looking in her own reflection. Her face is a symbol of her greatest shame and she tries to forget she belongs to this face and worries, particularly later on in life, what people think about her face. She gets made fun of alot for it. I really think that Lucy’s story is very relatable to anyone who has experianced bullying and has learned to rise above it.

“Black Swans” also reflects on the similar themes of overcoming an illness and rising above adversity except in this piece the author is suffering from OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder. At first, the author is just a normally nervous person but one day, while she is Cambridge reading a book, she has an almost barrage of the thoughts “I can’t concentrate” attack her mind. This thought continues to haunt her throughout her trials of therapy and she truely becomes mentally ill. Rituals also become her only avenue for inserting control into her life. Clocks for the author represent disturbances and cause her to think of not concentrating. One day, she gets introduced to Prozac but this is also doesn’t completely work; in the end it fails her. She compares Prozac to “healing powder” at one point because it stops the barrage of repeating thoughts. The apperance of the black swans represents a turning point for the author because she is able to concentrate on their beauty without having the repeating thoughs plague her mind. She realizes that, even though Prozac doesn’t work for her anymore, she can still learn to survive in those brief moments of clarity and appreciate life.

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~ by papoufruit on February 5, 2014.

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