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Inner and outer self in The Thing Annie Dillard says to be connected to the outer world by reason or to yield to what amounted to a narrative fiction 22 and compares these two very different ideas although they are opposites you cant have one without the other they work together and help balance imagination and reality Your interior self is what you believe imagine and who you really are Your inner self is what helps you escape from reality with help from your imagination Your exterior self is what other people see hear what you recognize to be reason and who they think you are It is necessary to have a balance between inner and outer selves your inner self influences what your outer self does Your inner self controls what you think when you imagine In the story Dillard inner self makes her believe that the light is a luminous figure in her room was haunting her but in her outer self makes her realize that the figure is just a car driving by When she realized what it was she was able to recognize that it was a car by turning off her imagination and realizing reality This shows how your inner self influences what your outer self believes to be the reason when you dont know what that thing is Its like when you know the door is locked but just to be safe you check the lock again your outer self knows it is locked but your inner self wants to be sure its locked However now that she has knows what the light is she misses being frightened because she knows the reason why the light was there and so it is the only thing she can believe in now In conclusion this piece was very persuasive it shows how your inner self influences your outer self because your imagination controls what your outer self believes what
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