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In an excerpt from her autobiography Fault Lines Meena Alexander shares with her readers her shaken identity from a first person point of view With a dismal tone she uses figurative language stream of consciousness and rhetorical questions to bring the reader face to face with her reality as a woman cracked between multiple migrations Meena feels that because she has lived in several different places throughout her life and lived several different lives speaking several different languages that she has ultimately become multiple being locked into the journeys of one body She briefly talks about the difficulty she has looking into a mirror and seeing her crooked flesh thrown back at the eyes which is a negative way of confirming that she is of Asian decent She breaks off from her mirror tangent into a stream of consciousness in which her different beings inside her speak together in a building raucous of voices This is where the reader first gets a taste of the theme of a collaborated person torn in different directions by her own individualities Alexander then gives example of the cities and languages that she has come across after first questioning the usefulness of these souvenirs she has to remind her of where shes been From the quote my life did not fall into the narratives I had been taught to honor the reader gets a scence of the skewed life she leads lacking background and culture And then she reveals a symbolic fantasy she has of being a bud on a well rooted tree in a sweet perpetual place The tree symbolizing the grounded life she wish she had Her passage features intertextuality when she says I sit here writing she obviously uses this to add to the dreariness of her tone and then lists the questions that shed like answered in order for her to feel like she belonged following them up with What could I ever be
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