What is significant about the boy finding his own drawings in the chest in "The Brown Chest" by John Updike? A. The boy finally understands that the value of the chest is in preserving his family history in documents and other mementos. B. The boy takes comfort knowing that he will live on in his family history in the generations to come, even after he dies. C. The boy comprehends that, despite his best efforts, he cannot escape time, and he too will become a part of history. D. The boy becomes emotional thinking about his childhood and is thankful to the chest for preserving his memories.
When the boy finds his own drawings in this chest, he says he’s “shocked.” You could consider “shocked” an emotion. In that case, D would probably be your best answer. If you took a more general view, you could reasonably argue that any of the options are applicable. The narrator never specifically clarifies his exact feelings on the chest.