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The hardest habit to break since it was the habit of a lifetime would be listening to myself listen to him That habit would destroy any chance of seeing my brother on his terms and seeing him in his terms learning his terms seemed the whole point of learning his story Wideman 767 It is sometimes difficult to imagine ourselves in someone elses shoes We see hear absorb and interpret all that which is going on around us and so we determine the how and why of every situation of every circumstance or thought When looking at something from a different angle in the case of John Edgar Widemans essay Our Time from the perspective of another person in that same situation it is challenging to imagine or interpret that situation in another way I find this quote significant to what Wideman captures in his essay the telling of one story through a number of characters whose lives all coincide with one another Wideman observed his brothers life of wildness and crime from a third person perspective such as an audience member watches a movies yet no interaction occurs Wideman has conversations with his brother but fails to really listen to what Robby is saying what he is feeling This statement ties into the main ideas and structure of the essay how the perspectives of many characters all portrayed through one narrator can be bias and misleading When Wideman discusses his mothers role and thoughts on her misguided sons life he describes how she is affected by the actions around her Garths death and Robbys troubles were at the center of her new vision Like a prism they caught the light transformed it so she
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