How i got cultured Essay

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how i got cultured

In the book How I Got Cultured, Phyllis Barber tells the story of her childhood in a
western Mormon household. Through stories and episodes of her early life she descriptively
explains the difficulties she faces between her Mormon values and her desire to become a
successful star. She wants to be noticed, and be the center of everything, and the Mormon
Faith allows very little tolerance for this behavior in that they are a very conservative
group. She uses her talents and abilities to assist her in her search of her "culture"

I can definitely relate to Phyllis Barber in this dilemma, though she comes from a totally
different faith and also era. Growing up in a strict Christian household gives me a sense
of what Barber is trying to tell us in her memoir. When I was younger I played football
and was crushed when the season in my seventh grade year came to an end when my mother
wouldn't let me play because it interrupted my Christian life, in that I wasn't attending
youth group during the week anymore.

In contrast to Barber, my childhood environment was extremely rich with culture and the
battle between right and wrong was a very difficult one in that perception of right and
wrong differentiated between faith and the real world. Barber struggled to find her
"culture." She frequently speaks of the Hoover Dam, I think she refers to the Hoover Dam
as a symbol that represents the separation that I talked about. She is stuck between two
worlds: Mormonism and a place where talent could forge it's own path.

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