Epiphany as Seen in Incident and Salvation

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Epiphany as Seen in Incident and Salvation Works Cited Missing For many people, ideas and thoughts change after experiencing something unexpectedly, and it forces them to except the truth, no matter how painful it might be. “At any time, the equilibrium of our lives, the comfortable image of ourselves and the world around us, may be disrupted suddenly by something new, forcing us into painful reevaluation. These disruptions create pain, anxiety, and terror by also wisdom and awareness.” This self-explanatory quote can also be called an epiphany. Two literary works that support this quote are “Incident” and “Salvation.” This quote has also proven true in my life when an unexpected death in the family awakened me. In the short poem “Incident” the main character experiences an epiphany. The little eight-year-old boy riding around in what he thought was a “perfect” town was suddenly disrupted by something new, another little boy around his age responded to his friendly smile by sticking his tongue out and calling him a “nigger.” This disruption had created pain, anxiety, and terror for the little boy who states that “of all the things that happened there, that’s all that I remember” (165). He gained wisdom and awareness from this experience that made him see the world and the people in it in a more realistic way. Not everything out there is good and sweet, especially people.

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