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The girls at school expected conformity it has been bred into them through years of uniforms and strict rules about proper behavior I am thirteen and contrary even as I yearn for acceptance I declare myself a vegetarian and doom myself to a diet of cauliflower cheese and baked beans on toast The administration does not question my decision they assume its vague undefined religious reasons although my father the doctor tells them its for my health My reasons from this distance of many years remain murky to me This is paragraph comes from the essay If You Are What You Eat Then What Am I and is a summary of the essay This paragraph is the last paragraph on page ninety-six The narrator is expressing her feelings throughout this essay and makes them clear in the above paragraph This paragraph is a defining paragraph for the whole essay The paragraph explains how the narrator wants acceptance from the people around her yet she separates herself by declaring herself a vegetarian Many do not understand her reasoning so they offer their reasons which include religion and health factors The narrator does not know who she is as a person or why she wants to be a vegetarian but she tries hoping that it will shed some light on her true self This paragraph helps to explain the whole essay The narrator does things that are different yet she does not know why she is doing them Declaring herself as a vegetarian is abnormal yet she does it hoping to find out who she is as an individual She has always done things because they were the normal or that is what her family wanted her to do which has kept her from developing into the person she is trying to find The paragraph helps to explain the whole essay by making the theme clear The narrator does not know who she is or
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