Lost Sovereignty(Revised)

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Alexis K Pointer
ENGL 1101
Dr. Dominy
1 December 2014
Lost Sovereignty When an individual looks at the bigger picture than the small one in front of you and enjoy the experience instead of looking for ways to show proof to someone what you did or what you saw. I lost my sovereignty, power over something, because of a postcard I received in the mail from Philadelphia, which did not look the same in person. The postcard had beautiful, old buildings and clear blue sky. When we went a few weeks later the buildings were just old and the sky was not clear. I was so excited by the way Philadelphia looked on a postcard that I did not really experienced what it had to offer. Many people just like myself have lost their sovereignty at an event, place, or even showing evidence that they went somewhere. In “The Lost of the Creature” Walker Percy gives many examples of people losing their sovereignty while visiting places. A man from Boston is one of Percy’s examples. This man from Boston had seen a picture of the Grand Canyon on a postcard. While visiting the Grand Canyon the man was shocked by the way it looks. The canyon does not look the same as it does on the postcard. So the man was in a sense cheated out of a great experience that he could have had, because the postcard looked one way and was expecting the canyon to look the same way. As Percy stated “that the thing is no longer the thing as it confronted the Spaniard. It is rather that which has already been formulated, by picture postcard, geography book, tourist folders, and the words Grand Canyon” (298). Just because a person see it in the books and postcards does not mean it looks the same in person. An individual has to see landscapes and any other experience in person to truly get what it is that they are looking at. I continued to lose sovereignty while I was in Philadelphia. While my family and I were…...

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