The Life Of America Essay

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Imagine the life someone would have if they were living a normal life with a foster family, but they got separated from them because that someone was trying to fit in. Once that person gets separated they then have to live independently for the rest of their lives, having to relive their senseless decision. This is what happened to a depressed, suicidal child named America. It all started when America set his foster home on fire, then ran away from home. He then got moved to a mental institution to confront and cope with his past. The story America goes to the past and the present of America’s life. Having to relive the past of America burning his house on fire and then running away from his ...view middle of the document...

America is stressed with everything going on his mind. This is why he has thoughts of running away, “I get the idea, it seems like the right thing” (112). America thinks it’s a good idea to run away from his problems. But he did not think it through, because when he reaches New York, he feels lonely and dissociated from everything he had before. America relives what he has done by watch the T.V in the mall, “Browning died, I can tell from the way they show the paramedics carrying out a stretcher a plastic blanket over it” (116). He is crying and having suicidal thoughts, because he feels there is no point of living anymore. With the division between America and his family, America is suffering mentally and physically, and his state of mind has changed.
When America thinks differently, he is certainly going to act differently. Before the exodus of America, he acted like troublemaker, skipping school and cutting class to go to the corner store. He acted like he did not have any care in the world. “Liza and me cut school and go to the 7-Eleven” (76). They cut school to steal some gum, at this time America doesn’t realize how school is. But after America runs away from home,...

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