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A self-realization is development or fulfillment of ones potential Without self-realizations people would not develop or fulfill their potential In the short story The Metaphor Budge Wilson suggests people have a variety of experiences encounters and interactions These situations can result in significant learning leading up to a self-realization Where a person can develop deeper understanding of their personality values and identity The first experience Charlotte has is joyful and occurs in seventh grade in which Miss Hancock teaches a lesson on the metaphor that changes Charlottes way of looking at the world This ability to write her world with words is what Charlotte remembers most about the lesson on The Metaphor Miss Hancock enters the classroom eyes aglitter hands clasped in front of her embroidered breasts 217 telling her students that this lesson will open a whole new world of composition217 Miss Hancock makes a metaphor in describing the power of figurative language as a brand-new weapon in your arsenal of writing skills217 Moments later Charlotte understands that this English teacher gave her an entry to something I did not yet fully understand but that I knew I wanted218 Miss Hancock encourages students to share what theyve written she values each students work by writing each of their metaphors verbatim on the board When Charlotte suggests that hers is too long to write on the board Miss Hancock encourages her to share and Charlotte begins My mother is a flawless modern building created of glass and the smoothest pale concrete219 Charlotte presents her mother as a person who makes no mistakes whos exterior is hard and cold Inside are business offices furnished with beige carpets and gleaming chromium219 she continues This almost colourless interior is equally cold and orderly with telex machines mimeograph machines and sleek typewriters buzzing and clicking away219 in every room The metaphor concludes with images of people who invade the cool perfection of the building and mar its steel-grey
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