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English ISU – Literary Essay Alexandria of Africa – Eric Walters In the book Alexandria of Africa, Eric Walters portrays many different themes. But the most significant to me would be that self-discovery is a painful but ultimately rewarding process. Walters brilliantly shows self-discovery in Alexandria through the use of setting, when she is forced to move from her Mansion in Los Angeles, to living in a shack for 3 weeks in a poor Maasai village in Africa. Walters also shows the personal growth and self discovery in Alexandria using conflict. Alexandria has a very strong and stubborn personality which she uses to put up with the rest of the rich snobs in LA, which she faces every day. But when she is stuck with all of the ‘church kids’ (as Alexandria would call them) who are in the diversion program willingly, and are working hard to make a difference, Alexandria starts to realize that maybe she should try to look at this trip with a different outlook. The last way that the author shows the theme of self-discovery in this book is by point of view. Since this book is written through Alexandria’s eyes, we see a firsthand glimpse of her motivations and perspective. The journey she takes will change her outlook on life and change her as a person forever. One way Eric Walters vividly presented self-discovery through Alexandria was through setting. She started off as a typical superficial teenage girl, living in Los Angeles where her only worries were what clothes are in style, and who has the latest gossip. In chapter 1 while Alexandria is preparing for trial she states “Yes, the nerve of some woman who shops at Walmart, and doesn’t even have the sense to have her bag match her shoes, to think that she could sit there and judge me!”(Alexandria of Africa, Chap.1) I think what this reveals about Alexandria in the beginning of the book is how shallow she really

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