"The Sanctuary of School"
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A discussion of how school can be a sanctuary for some, while it is a prison for others. It shows how Barry writes of her youth in this poignant essay, and she clearly illustrates how education affects us all in different ways. It explains that education was her salvation, while for others, it is simply something they cannot wait to see end. Barry's "salvation" is another's torment, and her essay is not only a treatise on our many differences, but our reactions to everyday occurrences in our lives and how we cope with them.
From the Paper:"Lynda Barry looks back at her 7-year old self in this essay, and shows just how education can be a unique experience for each of us. For some, school is something they "put up with" until they can leave the schoolyard and really "live." For Barry however, school was her salvation, and even the place she ran to when she was frightened and alone. Barry and her brother lived in an unhappy and abusive household, and so, Barry looked at school as her safety net, where she could escape the realities of her life, and enter a world where everything seemed perfect and good. She writes, "In an overcrowded and unhappy home, it's incredibly easy for any child to slip away. The high levels of frustration, depression, and anger in my house made my brother and me invisible. We were children with the sound turned off" (Barry 100). How horrible it must be to live as a child "with the sound turned off" it is no wonder Barry retreated to the perfection of the classroom during her unhappy childhood. For many of her classmates, school was a prison to be endured until the final bell rang, but for Barry, it was the only bright spot in her life."
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