Finding Reflection Essay

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Mrs. Jorgens ENG 1000 12 February 2012 Finding A childhood is said to hold some of the most precious years of a person’s life. It is the time of innocence, mischief, and most importantly, learning. Childhood molds the young mind, forming a certain identity that will be carried during the oncoming years. Guy Davenport’s Finding, taken from his book, The Geography of the Imagination, is an essay written about his own childhood memories that explains his views on the influence of childhood. Through this essay, Davenport reflects on what lessons can be learned from his experiences. Finding revolves around a childhood memory of his, where on Sunday afternoons, his father would bring him to scavenge open country fields that potentially held Indian arrowheads and other unique artifacts. Davenport also touches on other semi-irrelevant stories involving his grandmother, but quickly switches his focus back to the central story. In his essay, he states the numerous lessons he has learned from searching for these Indian treasures. Davenport’s main emphasis seems to tell the reader that your childhood years naturally shape your future. In Finding, Davenport reflects on the shameless actions that take place as a child, noting that “childhood is spent without introspection, in unreflective innocence” (361). This statement is near and dear to me because as a child, I acted impulsively on just about everything. For instance, my mother had to hide the powdered doughnuts on the top shelf of the cupboard, otherwise they were gone by the end of the day. If she let her guard down and made the mistake of putting them on the lower shelf, I would snatch the bag and surreptitiously move into the bathroom. I would then lock the door and demolish the doughnuts, without considering the consequences of my death-defying eating habits. Though at the time, my mother would scold

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