It is through the understanding of other people and our relationships with them that we come to understand ourselves and our lives.
The journey for self-knowledge is long and sophisticated but can be achieved through the understanding of others and the relationships they hold. Relationships can have varying imapcts on people. Some relationships create the person, some changes the person and some help find true independence. These relationships may influence them physically, emotionally or mentally. It is through these influences, which can be positive or negative, that a person becomes who they are. The novel, Tirra Lirra by the River, the film, Good Will Hunting and the poem, Daddy by Sylvia Plath all demonstrate the idea of self discovery through the relationships the protagonist hold with others. We see the significance of familial relationships in building a person’s identity and thus understanding themselves. Tirra Lirra by the River is a fictional autobiography of Nora, who begins to explore her past through her disheveled memories. Each memory of her relationship she unravels contributes to a greater understanding of herself. The author clearly presents the importance of understanding relationship with family in order to achieve self acceptance. The film, Good Will Hunting, follows the change of the character, Will, a mathematic genius, through the development of his father-son relationship with his therapist. This film depicts the positive nature of mentor relationship and the importance of the idea of family in forming one’s identity and individuality. The poem, Daddy by Sylvia Plath, expresses her strong, emotional feeling towards the death of her father. This poem emphasises the significance of understanding familial relationship in gaining independence. The key to Nora’s understanding of herself was the globe of memory suspended in her mind. In this globe of memory is a dark side, which Nora has dared not to recover. All the memories that...
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