Book Essay. In Elizabeth Gilberts story of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love , a woman none other than the author herself, embarks on a journey of discovery for happiness

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Book Dinner Essay Assignment: A Woman’s Lust for Self-Discovery through Italy, India, and Indonesia

1A AP English Trebert

Xavier Stewart

        Who am I? This is a question frequently asked by those who are lost, confused, or in process of discovering their self- identity. In Elizabeth Gilbert’s story of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love , a woman none other than the author herself, embarks on a journey of discovery for happiness, God, and herself after a traumatic divorce which  leaves her in a vulnerable, frightened, and confused state of mind. After a lifelong dream of traveling the globe, Gilbert, attempts to find pleasure and balance in her life once again by taking on the thrill of traveling abroad to the countries of Italy, India, and Indonesia in hopes of fullfilling her life-long wish.  While in “the Boot”, she satifies her hunger with the exquistite taste of Italy with Gelati and Pizza, learns the romantic Italian language, and invests her time in a heart-racing soccer game during which she discovers the true meaning of passion with the help of her new friends, who celebrate a loss by enjoying the eternal night of Italy at the bakery eating cream puffs.  While Gilbert travels to  “Gods Own Country”, she seeks God himself and after countless hours of dedication in her hidden Guru’s Ashram, she is finally able to see God through her meditations, but discovers that she had been searching for God in everyone else but herself. She describes India not by its own beautiful blessings, but by Gods given blessings. In Indonesia, “The Simple Country”, she meets up with her well known friend Ketut, who teaches her how to find balance in life through a city as simple as Bali or a city as hectic as New York City, and in return she teaches him English. She becomes friends with Wayan, an Indonesian doctor and meets an ordinary Brazilian man, Felipe, who loves her with all his heart. The novel ends with Gilbert describing the overall success of the journey, in which she achieves exactly what she was looking for: balance and self-discovery.  In the beginning of the novel, Gilbert experiences tensions between those whome she loved and herself. And it was as a result of the build-up of these troubles which created a strong sense of depression, which pushed her over the end and catalyzed her desire to entrain on the journey. Gilbert’s purpose is to encourage people to ask themselves the same questions she asked herself during her endeavor for self-discovery, and encourages the idea of self-reflection. The reader develops a bias toward Gilbert because of her lack of credibility that is a result of her illogical reasononing. My understanding of the concept of self discovery that is presented is that the author stresses the importance of the journey while discovering oneself, that  “journey to self-discovery” is not just a phrase that is coined, but rather a literal meaning of how one must embark on a crossing of several bridges and overcome obstacles in order to realize who they really are. Thus, in Elizabeth Gilbert’s motivational narrative, Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert depicts her quest for self discovery and introspection through the author’s adhibition of syntax, including a mixture of simple and complex sentences used for the purpose of depicting her desires and reflecting upon the motives for committing to the idea.  

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        Gilbert’s combination of simple and complex sentences demonstrates a desire and the following thoughts and consequences regarding the desire. This structure depicts a relation similar to that of a cause and effect.  In the beginning of the novel, Gilbert articulates her desires and emotions, when she “wish[es] Giovanni would kiss [her](7)”. She then reflects upon this idea by stating that “there would be so many reasons why this would be a terrible idea” and goes on to say that Giovanni is “like most Italian guys in their twenties, because “he still lives with his mother.” This sentence structure enables Gilbert ...

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