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Lourdes Safie
Travis Mann
March 13, 2010
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A prairie is an open space where there are no limits, borders, or divisions. Could this lack of borders be not only physical but also spiritual barriers? In “Dakota” Kathleen Norris mentions how being isolated from people has helped her find herself. In the emptiness of this environment she is able to explore every corner of her imagination, without being interrupted or distracted by stereotypes of society. Norris mentions how silence is capable to create a personal space in the midst of noise. Space can be seen either as physical or mental, the nothingness of the prairies is both allowing the imagination to flow and discover new things. Having access to this vast territory represents how every human being has control of his or her own infinite thoughts. Norris believes that being part of an urban community creates certain walls that restrain the opportunity to search within ourselves.
Norris had the opportunity to live in New York, an environment where loneliness and silence are not that common. Crowded streets, noise, and multiple opinions sometimes distract the creation of personal and independent thoughts. A place that has no space for individuality may sometimes overshadow the need for it. People may come to think that following the lead of a group of individuals is the norm, and that having one’s own opinions and making own decisions is no longer necessary. Time is really an important issue in Ney York, people have to think, move, and act fast in order to stand out and be somebody. People that live in places like big cities spend most of their time following a busy lifestyle, often having no time left for themselves.
On the other hand, Norris explains how isolated places my cause indifference, loss of natural curiosity and the ability to cope with change. She says, “Living close…...

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