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an analysis of the poem: In the Waiting Room

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In the Waiting Room: Analysis We are each of us trapped in a prison of our own design. Left to rot with nothing but our own fleeting thoughts. One voice guiding each of us through the darkness. Whe... n we are young we are oblivious to the cage that entangled each of us, spending the days living in a different world from the adults. But inevitably we must all wake up. One day every child will become aware of the little pit that they are stranded in and will confront the reality of being a human. That there is no way out. This is the underlying theme of “in the Waiting Room” by Elizabeth Bishop. She is touching on these ideas from the perspective of a six-year-old girl, waiting for her aunt Consuelo in a dentist waiting room. This connection is what relates all humans on the most basic level. After man split off from the apes and shed their fur, they took their erect stand over the rest of the primal world. These men must have looked down one day, felt their hand, and thought, “This is me,” then looked over at his recently de-furred counter parts and thought, “He is one of me too.” From this point forward there was a day in the life of every human where they are struck over the head with that “ahh-ha” moment. This chain of ahh-ha moments as been bouncing down and down from generation to generation [Show More]

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