David Guterson’s narrative about the Mall of America delves into several facets that are embedded throughout the mall both physically and mentally. A vivid description about the mall’s interior design makes the audience feel like they have visited the mall. Guterson also writes about how people, individually and as a society, are effected psychologically by this pseudo-metropolis. The grandeur of the mall is, without question, second to none. Shoppers are drawn to visit because of all the modern frills contained within. A theme park, arcade, hundreds of shops, and eateries are the staples of the mall, but the gardens, flowers, and trees define the mall as being “the best of the best.” The atmosphere created by combining “Mother Earth” with twentieth century technology creates a certain mystique to the mall and gives the shopper a very comfortable place to spend the day or maybe even days. In true American nature, record amounts of money were spent on building the mall, and some workers employed by the mall are or were underpaid. However, Americans thirst for a place they can go to escape from their everyday problems. Our nature is to be materialistic at times, and I really do not see a major problem with indulging ourselves every now and again, but I find a problem when material things are used to determine success, power, and self worth. The Mall of America truly represents America as a society but not as individuals.
In-Class Response to “Enclosed, Encyclopedic, Endured: The Mall of America,” by David Guterson
Guterson argues modern shopping malls do not create a sense of community. Agree, disagree or qualify his opinion. Include examples to support your point of view. Examples from the text of the essay, observations, current events, other readings, history, personal experience.
In "Enclosed. Encyclopedic. Endured: One Week at the Mall of America", David Guterson accentuates how malls are really just vast tourist attractions, drawing in...