Some Barriers Can’t Be Broken by Abigail Yarcusco

Creative Project, PHIL 114 Global Moral Issues, Summer 2017, Purdue University

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In author Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s book Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club (2011), it is displayed how an international border, no matter how minuscule in defining distance, creates a definite separation for his characters. In my artwork, I focus on the inability to break through all barriers. I specifically reference e-reader version pages 27-28, where the speaker states, “Then it occurred to me that I was afraid … Why couldn’t he leave too? I knew that answer to that question even before I asked it. He wasn’t the leaving kind” (Sáenz, pgs 27-28). In my photo, two women are helplessly in love while separated by a literal barrier, just as the two men in the first chapter of this book are. They have overcome one barrier, that of sexuality, and yet, because of a separation, are kept apart. Thus, barriers perpetuate separation, and borders are never truly broken.

Works Cited: Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Everything begins & ends at the Kentucky Club: stories.
[E-Reader version]. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press, 2012. Print.

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