In Class Harris Response Passage 7/29/98

14 Jan

In this passage Harris firmly expresses his ideals of self-awareness and self-responsibility.  He doesn’t want to have someone else or something else blamed for his actions and would be offended if this were the case.  He also brings up that everything that happens really has no other reason than it happened, and this is his cause for taking all responsibilities for his choices.  He believes they are his choices and that’s the only reason he ever does anything, and one cannot look at the choices of others as simply bad or good but just as choices they’ve made completely un-influenced.  Harris writes, “Its MY fault! not my parents, not my brothers, not my friends, not my favorite bands, not computer games, not the media. IT is MINE!”(Harris, 7/29/98), and it makes the reader wonder how influenced he actually was if he felt such a need to deny it.  If Garbarino were to read this passage he would indeed say the exact opposite, and that Harris was greatly affected by his surroundings.  The persistent mentioning of video games and Hollywood and TV would point toward Harris being strongly influenced by these things.

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