Response to question 1 on page 382-383
As I was reading Susan Griffin’s essay I found the structure confusing to some extent. She talks about one thing, compares it with her life and then jumps to another story. In her essay Griffin brings up many topics; cells, rockets, world war two. In a way, reading through Griffin’s essay and understanding it is like solving a puzzle. One piece of the puzzle gives you nothing about the whole picture. Once the pieces are assembled, the picture becomes clear. Griffin, throughout examining others secrets and emotions, she comes to express her own secrets and emotions and know how she became the person she is today.
As I was reading Griffin’s essay I felt that she is sending me invitations to go back in time and explore my past the way she did. In a way, she was telling me that answers can be found back there, answers for many questions like; why do I keep responding that way? Or why do I keep thinking in the same way?
The italicized sections are one of my favorite parts of the essay, Griffin says “Eight out of ten of the guided missiles will land within eight miles of their targets” (348). When I reached this part, a conversation between my brother and I glanced in my mind. It was last year, we were in my brother’s car in our way home. He was driving. In an attempt to break the silence he asked me “What is your goal in life?” I, after few seconds of thinking and pondering the question, asked “hmm… You mean what I want to become in the future?” with a smile he answers “No… I meant what is the thing you’re looking forward to accomplish in your life? What do you think is the purpose of your life?” As an immediate reaction, I answered “I want to improve myself, and, eventually, be the best person I can”. The look on my brother’s face was like if he was saying: that’s what I was afraid of! He then tells me that my goal should be specific and exact. He claims that once I set myself an exact goal, then I’ll be ready to