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Michael Leunig cartoon “My Former Self”

Leunig deeply values the truth and he questions why people feel that the truth is never good enough. Leunig acknowledges the difference between who we want to be and who we are, he suggests that people strive to unrealistic expectations concerning career, image, relationships etc. and by lying to themselves and everyone around they lose the importance of the truth. Personally I agree that people try so hard to appear how it is thought they should and to be successful, they lose their inner self and who they are. I think that we can get caught up in the race to the top and we end up living a lie about who we really are and what we really value….

Fish Cheeks

In the story, “Fish Cheeks,” Amy Tan describes a young girl and the anxiety that she was experiencing when she learns that her crush, Robert, was coming to dinner with his family. Amy’s family was Chinese and their customs were different for Christmas compared to Robert’s American customs. She was afraid of what Robert and his family would think. These feelings are expressed in the second paragraph, “When I found out that my parents had invited the minister’s family over for Christmas Eve dinner, I cried.” At first, Amy is shamed of her family and their customs and traditions. Amy’s mother had prepared a large meal of Amy’s favorite foods, that was traditional for a Chinese Christmas. However, at the…