Essay about Home: Love and Ford

1233 Words May 23rd, 2007 5 Pages
Mitchell Wix Wix 1
English 122
Glen Silva
Sec. 2738
Essay #2: Compare and Contrast

Each person has different ideas on where and what "home" is. Some may say home is where the heart is, others may think home is where one has a solid foundation of memories. In the essay "I Must Be Going" by Richard Ford, he explains how moving is one of Americans anxieties, yet does is so often; Ford feels home is wherever he makes it. In the essay "Homeplace" by Scott Russell Sanders, he gives the idea that settling down and making part of this earth a part of you and working hard will lead to a feeling of "at-homeness." The two essays are different in believing where home is, yet "home" in both essays contain certain love that gives us the
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On the other hand Sanders has a completely opposite thought pattern, and that being, "how can you value other places if you do not have one of your own?" (212). Even though Sanders was dragged from place to place due to his father work when he was a child, he strongly believes in the idea of staying in one place. Sanders says, "I hear the snarl of the earth movers and chain saws…for another shopping strip. I would rather hear a tornado, whose damage can be undone" (212). Sanders believes that what humans are doing to mother earth is considered a "holocaust." We are building like madmen taking away the Earth's natural beauty, and if we keep it up, one day it will be rare to see trees, cattle, and any other kind of everyday nature that many people see. Sanders has the idea that if he stays in one place, no one can take that part of the earth from him to build on. He can keep it beautiful and pass it on to the generations to come. Ford on the other hand would be the guy who would find out about a newly built place and "long" to visit it.
Sanders and Ford give two separate, almost contradicting ideas of what the American culture is all about. Ford thinks that everyone dreads moving and want to stay put, and Sanders thinks that people these days are always moving due to outside forces such as movies, magazines, speeches, and advertising. Ford's opening sentence states, "…in our descending order of mighty and important human anxieties, Americans suffer

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