In Respnse to an Essay " Praise of Margins"

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February 26th, 2012
English 50

Response to Ian Frazier’s “In Praise of Margins”

In Ian Frazier’s essay, “In Praise of Margins”, according to Frazier “Marginal” activates and places are valuable when you’re a child. Frazer defines marginal people, places, and activates as the ones that don’t quite work out, don’t sufficiently account for themselves in the economic world. Frazier gives example in his essay to that idea, showing his disconnection to his childhood now that he’s an adult. His first example, when he looks back on his childhood when he and his friends would go plays in the woods and creates their own world. However as they got older and went back to the woods they realized “What are we doing?” They had grown up. Another example would be when he took his children out to fish. His children saw a puddle and found enjoyment and Frazier sat there in his fishing gear. Frazier shows as a child the littlest thing could have some sort of purpose to you. Such as if you were an adult those things that brought you enjoyment and had purpose, now don’t. In my opinion I agree because as a child there are “Marginal” places and activities and if you’re adult you have margins.

Having “Marginal” spaces for someone it can have a positive outlook. As I was growing up I had my own “Marginal” spaces. I can remember one of them being me in the bath losing track of time. When I was in there I had created a world of my very own. With all my Barbie dolls and little accessories to go along what I could do was endless. I can remember the bath having a ledge and in my mind the ledge was a beach and the water was the ocean. My imagination took me to places I could only wish to visit now. Then my dolls too me were my best of friends, they couldn’t ever hurt me they kept me safe. Growing up in a dysfunctional house hold, I look to my “Marginal” spaces. Too some kids those spaces seem like a distant memory, but those space had help me become the person I am today. As I started...
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