The Bosnia List
Quote: “I wanted to take my time and relish returning to my favorite spot, where Dad took me swimming as a kid.”
Thesis: By analyzing deconstructionism in The Bosnia List we discover the story of Kenan’s childhood experience and his inability to forget about his past.
Explanation: When Kenan went back to visit Bosnia he created a list of things he wanted to do while he was there and one of the things was to visit the river and the boat where his dad would take him as a child. As a kid experiencing a war at a young age Kenan did not have a good childhood; he lived under constant fear of loosing his family especially his father and brother since they were older and could now go to war or him loosing his own life. The three words that stood out to me in this quotation were relish, spot, and kid. These three words are all signifiers that demonstrate that he has not yet let go of his past but still remembers about his happiest moments during his childhood experience. The word relish signifies that he really wanted to take a moment and enjoy the view and reminisce about when he was young and happy when he would go swimming with his father. The word spot refers to the river and when someone considers a place a spot it most likely means they visit that place frequently, so maybe Kenan wants to change his mindset and think of the positive side of his memories as a kid and think about the river. Last but not least the word kid represents that he keeps on seeing the world from the lens of a child rather than the present him.
Realization: What I realized from analyzing this quote was that although Kenan has issues forgetting his past and holding grudges on people who contributed to his devastating childhood he is somehow also trying to relish and reminisce about the things and places he would enjoy as a kid.