Andy’s Epiphany in “Doe Season”
What is an epiphany? What is its effect on people? An epiphany is a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
The process of finding out who one is can be very confusing. Though growing up one goes through so many different changes in terms of one’s personality and deciding who they are and what they want to be. The little girl in David Kaplan’s “Doe Season” goes through one of these changes, as do many other children confused about who they really are, and finds out that there are some aspects of a person’s identity that cannot be changed no matter how hard they try. Andy is a nine year-old girl who doesn’t want to grow up be a woman. When she talks of the sea and how she remembers her mother loving it and how much she hated it is a clue that she prefers to be a “boy.” The sea is symbolic of womanhood and the forest is symbolic of manhood.
Andy expresses extreme distaste for the sea and curiosity of the woods. She never really admits to liking the woods but the way she refers to it is always as if she’s fascinated by it, but she doesn’t know a lot about it. She must go hunting as a test to see if she belongs. To contrast how she feels about the sea and the forest, she refers to the forest as immense, while she refers to the sea as a huge and empty.
Andy sees the man’s world as a wonderful, fastinating worlfd while she sees the woman’s world as meaningless and empty. Andy sees the changes into woman on the horizon and she is scared by these changes because they are very confusing to her. This is why she tries to do masculine things such as hunting. To further confuse her, her father supports her striving to be part of the man’s world. He refers to her as Andy even though her real name is Andrea and takes her with him to do manly things.
You as a reader first gets a hint of the fact...
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