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ONES HOME What is home? Home can be defined in a variety of ways. Having a feeling of completeness is a main component that allows one to find such a special place. Home can be anywhere. Not only feeling complete, but also being able to express one self freely and having a feeling of belonging is usually where home is. The special place called home is a theme that is seen clearly in the two short stories A Pair of Tickets and The Gentle Wholeness of Home. Ironically my definition of home is similar to those mentioned in the short stories. Ones definition of home is always different but one common aspect is that it is where one feels complete. A Pair of Tickets is a story of a Chinese woman and her father taking a trip to China. The story exemplifies a home not being where one lives. Despite being from San Francisco, her vision of home is in China. But today I realize Ive never really known what it means to be Chinese. I am thirty six years old. My mother is dead and I am on a train, carrying with me her dreams of coming home. I am going to China. Her father too finds home to be in China. We are going to Guangzhou, my seventy two year old, Canning Woo, and I, where we will visit his aunt, whom he has not seen since he was ten years old. And I dont know whether its the prospect of seeing his aunt or if its because hes back in China, but now he looks like hes a young boy, so innocent and happy I want to button his sweater and pat his head. The father and the daughter, in the story, have a feeling of excitement and anxiousness while awaiting their arrival to the special place, home. These quotes illustrate clearly that China or home is where the two feel complete and truly comfortable. Like the previous short story, The Gentle Wholeness of Home also manifests the th…

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