English | Graded Assignment | Write an Analysis
Write an Analysis
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Write an analysis based on your close reading of the final section of Joan Didion’s essay “Goodbye to All That.”
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In Goodbye to all that, Joan Didion starts off with nursery rhyme about Babylon, drawing comparisons between what one expected to see in Babylon and what she expects of moving to New York City. The amazing things, people, and sites of Babylon show the way the author is thinking when she sets out to move from California to New York City.
Goodbye to All That, is filled with hilarious observations, witty remarks and also painful truths. The point she is trying to make is that the sense of disillusionment and resignation that came along with her eight-year stay in New York, was also a big part of her growing up. But the best part of the essay is the way that Didion makes her experiences relevant in any life changing move to a different city. The reader can easily put themselves into Didion’s shoes and understand her trials and tribulations.
She asks the question "…was anyone so young?" and herself supplies the response: "I am here to tell you that someone was." ...