mirror image

Essay by dhannieHigh School, 11th gradeB, October 2014

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Where do you think your inside lies?

Where do you think your inside lies? Mirror Image by Lena Coakley is an allegorical tale that depicts the internal quest to find ones true self. The story takes us through the experiences of a teenager named Alice who underwent a brain transplant into a new body. Alice struggled to find her true identity and what it was that made her Alice.

First, in Mirror Image Alice undergoes deep introspection to find her true identity. She must discover what it is that defines her. As Alice reflects on her situation she becomes only more and more confused. She still has her mind but not her body, "These weren't her hands. This wasn't her breath." pg 1. Alice questions whether she is still truly herself. Alice begins to explore the other elements of her defining features, her mind and her soul. Because she can no longer take refuge in her body she begins to identify herself by her mind.

Second, as Alice tells her twin sister Jenny "My brain is me." pg 1. This does not seem to be enough to convince others however. Jenny remains skeptical of her sister by refusing to let Alice read her diary and by her statement at their birthday party "Sometimes I think my sister is dead" pg 5. Alice then turns to memories of her father for comfort. She felt that he would "just look into [her] eyes and know who was in [there]." pg 6. Her father used to tell her that the "eyes were the mirror to the soul" pg 2.

At the end of the story, she asked Mr. Jarred to look into her eyes Alice found herself. She discovered that what defined her was not her body or her brain. It was a...