What is meant by ‘a cross I’d bear for the rest of my life’? What language technique is used? (Story in the description)My emancipation didnt happen like I expected it to. I thought maybe Id...

What is meant by ‘a cross I’d bear for the rest of my life’? What language technique is used? (Story in the description)

My emancipation didnt happen like I expected it to.

I thought maybe Id wake up one morning and see the light. Feel liberated from everything. Or maybe one particular incident would see me through it. But it happened while I was hysterically crying again.

It was after receiving a birthday card from Jacob which I threw in the bin. I just say there thinking back on the year and I realised that I was emancipated long ago. It wasn’t at one particular point either, it was several. The hang-ups I once had were superseded, but not with other hangups as much as with a few sorrows.

I remembered feeling socially out of it at St Marthas, yet when the fiasco of the walkathon happened, I realised I wasnt. I thought my birth circumstances were a cross I’d bear for the rest of my life, but what had happened between Nonna and Marcus Standford made me realise that it had never been my cross. I had only made it mine.

And the different cultures thing?

Well, Im not sure whether everyone in this country will ever understand multiculturalism and that saddens me because it’s as much part of Australian life as football and meat-pies. But the important thing is that I know where my place in life is. It’s not where the Seras or the Carlys of the world have slotted me.

If someone comes up and asks me what nationality I am, I’ll look at them and say that I'm an Australian with Italian blood flowing rapidly through my veins. I’ll say this with pride because it’s pride that I feel.

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The phrase “a cross I’d bear for the rest of my life” is a metaphor, a implicit comparison that does not use explicit comparative terms such as “like” or “as”. The vehicle is the cross Jesus bore on the way to his crucifixion and the tenor is any difficulty burden that one is condemned to bear. Because the setting is a Roman Catholic high school, the theological metaphor is really important. She has previously thought that the sins of her parents were her sins, and thus her cross to bear, but in Catholic theology, baptism, through which we participate in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, atones for imputed sins (e.g. Adam and Eve) and thus we are only responsible for the sins we ourselves commit, not those of our forefathers.


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