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What is the point the writer is making through the narrative?

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hsimpson99 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 25, 2011 at 1:57 AM via web

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What is the point the writer is making through the narrative?

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted September 26, 2011 at 3:41 AM (Answer #1)

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The writer is examining the lengths to which her mother has gone to give her an existence. The "leap" in the title is not about the physical leaps by the flying acrobats, or the leap from a burning building, it is about the metaphorical leap it takes to go beyond her own self and appreciate the selfless, brave actions of her mother.

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted September 26, 2011 at 3:48 AM (Answer #2)

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The writer is examining the lengths to which her mother has gone to give her an existence. The "leap" in the title is not about the physical leaps by the flying acrobats, or the leap from a burning building, it is about the metaphorical leap it takes to go beyond her own self and appreciate the selfless, brave actions of her mother.

A pivotal moment that explains this point is when she visits the grave of the sister that died as a baby, an older sister that she never met. She admits that she viewed the gravestone as not a separate person, but as an extension of herself.

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