Tina McElroy Ansa’s article, “The Center of the Universe” discusses her childhood. Ansa thesis is “When I write, I still envasion myself standing at the fountain surrounded by my family, my community, my hometown, my state, my country, and the world.” The point Ansa is trying to make is that your childhood shapes your adulthood and your views on the world of being an American.
Ansa was raised in the south in Macon, Georgia which was her center of the universe. He childhood was different then many in the south. She was a product of Americanization by the way the segregation and discrimination was not present at this time. She saw firsthand how whites gave her a better treatment then they would as she was their daughter. This helped her see the world other then black and white. See saw that people were all the same and just in the universe for the same reasons as many people. Being the last one in the family she had the duties to past on family traditions. She expresses herself talking about no matter where she goes or what had happened her life and lifestyle are strongly affected by her uprising. If it wasn’t for her taking on her family traditions and prior ways of life they may become faint and then she would have less and possibly little identity to whom she was as herself.
In the analysis of this reading I interpreted it into it meaning that you should not forget where you came from. No matter what happened in life your uprising was because of your family traditions and values so continue to continue to keep your family origin.
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