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What terms does Esther use to describe herself?

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barbvienneau | eNoter

Posted December 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM via web

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What terms does Esther use to describe herself?

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 7, 2011 at 7:11 PM (Answer #1)

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Part of what makes Esther such a compelling character is that she really lacks the full and clear totality to describe herself.  She is many different things and what ends up helping to cause her breakdown is the lack of definition she has of her own sense of self.  When we define her, it is similar to how she attempts to define herself in terms of being fluid and dependent on context.  Certainly, one term and she and we can use to describe Esther is intelligent.  Esther is quite learned and willing to surrender her life to intellectual ideas or the need to rely on intellect in order to succeed.  Conflicted would be another term that could be used to describe Esther.  She is conflicted on how she sees the world and on how the world sees her.  Esther is frustrated with how her definition of self is so dependent on the conflict she feels towards men, towards women, towards her own sense of self.  I think that another term that Esther would use to describe herself and we can describe her is evolving.  Esther's narrative is constantly in flux and this is reflective of her own sense of self.  Her identity and her state of being is one in which there is definition fluidity and the need to understand and embrace this becomes one of the most pressing crucibles she has to face.

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