I Used to Live Here Once

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The title, I Used to Live Here Once, gives me the impression that the narrator would be excepting of the change (the obvious fact being that they don’t live where they used to). I’m thinking, just from reading the title before reading the story, that the narrator embraces the change in their life. The traveler, for whatever reason, lived somewhere once and had now moved away. I think, just from the title, that the traveler chose not to live where she used to. The word “Once” in the title instantly gave me the impression that I would be reading a story about a journey and since the home is one of the greatest connections we have in life, my impression was that it’s not just a journey but a journey through life. After reading the story, although I was not expecting the traveler to be dead, I found that I had appropriately guessed the theme of the story. The theme in the story, I Used to Live Here Once, is the journey through life; comfort in the predictable elements of life. The theme of the story is best supported by two literary elements: symbolism and the point of view of the story.
The point of view, third person omniscient helps develop the familiar tone of the journey. It helps the reader feel the comfort and security in the journey. The symbolism, for example, the fragility of the sky, helps develop this idea that even though there is predictability in the journey, there is still this element of uncertainty or hope. It’s like thinking you know what comes next in the journey, but when it actually happens as the traveler was hoping, there is this sense of relief and comfort. There’s nothing worse than walking a “familiar” journey that suddenly becomes “unfamiliar.”
Even after reading the story I went back and read it again, knowing the end, and actually felt that I could relate even closer to the familiarity of the journey. As the traveler steps across each…...

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