Despair, Hopelessness, and Desperation What happens when one’s home turns into a house full of despair? The story, “Teenage Wasteland” by Anne Tyler discusses how the disharmony in families reveal the immense despair and hopelessness that is pressured on the child. Suicide and depression become a teenager’s best friend as they begin to feel absolutely isolated from not only society but their family as well. They feel as if drinking or smoking away might release the hurt, but it is only a temporary fix that resembles the act of putting a band-aid on a shattered window.
To emphasize, Heather see this abnormal behaviour when she says, "You don’t like anything. You are the most depressed person I've ever met, and excuse me for saying this, but you are no fun to be around and I think you need professional help" (105). Both Heather and Melinda’s mom complain about her depression and they do not try to help her overcome it. In reality, many teens and adults have depression.
The novel Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill is narrated by Baby -- the 12 year old protagonist and daughter of a single father and heroin addict, Jules. Baby never knew her mother and is unaware that she has any other family. They live in various shabby hotels in Montreal’s red light district. This paper is an exploration of the pathway effects caused by lack of familial support and how Jules addiction created a milieu that leads to Baby being ostracised by society.
One of the universal themes of literature is the idea that children suffer because of the mistakes of an earlier generation. The novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" follows the story of Janie Mae Crawford through her childhood, her turbulent and passionate relationships, and her rejection of the status quo and through correlation of Nanny 's life and Janie 's problems, Hurston develops the theme of children 's tribulations stemming from the teachings and thoughts of an earlier generation. Nanny made a fatal mistake in forcibly pushing her own conclusions about life, based primarily on her own experiences, onto her granddaughter Janie and the cost of the mistake was negatively affecting her relationship with Janie. Nanny lived a hard life and she made a rough conclusion about how to survive in the world for her granddaughter, provoked by fear. " Ah can’t die easy thinkin’ maybe de menfolks white or black is makin’ a spit cup outa you: Have some sympathy fuh me.
Antisocial behavior is when the person had childhood behavior problems, poor behavior controls and has committed some kind of crime at a young age (Mulcahy M., Cutinelli P., Warner J. and Woodruff T. (April 01, 2011). Ridgway’s childhood life was very difficult because of his environment. His parents fought all the time and the stress at home caused him to wet his bed until he was 13 years old. His mother was controlling and very strict, so when his mother found out about it she would make fun of him in front of his family. He always felt like his mother doesn’t love him so he just wanted to be loved by his mother.
The reader can clearly infer that Melinda’s thoughts and feelings about her family are negative. Melinda struggles with her mother’s inability to face the truth that they are not a happy family. She is upset that her mother is striving to keep the title of “a happy family” instead of creating an environment where a happy family could strive. Melinda’s parents are a large part of her life, and therefore, they play a major role in her society. The way that she describes her feelings towards her father is that he is lazy and unwilling to work seriously.
In the short story ‘Hairball’, Margaret Atwood portrays Kat as being an insecure individual living in an imaginary world, in which, she is to blame for the negative events that occur. Her feelings, emotions, and actions are driven through the insecurity she has of herself. One of the events that impacted Kat was her experience of abortion. The men who entered her life constantly left her which not only left her saddened and broken, but unsure of herself and what she did wrong. These events led Kat’s decision-making as she says “[I] learned to say that she didn’t want children anyways”, (35) when primarily, having children was her desire.
Not to mention, her husband's culpability in the willful exclusion of his parental role in their children's lives. Additionally, the lack of a maternal instincts, which can be attributed to the dysfunctonal relationship with her mother was another hampering fact which precluded Eleanor to be the mother she wished she had been. Consquently, collectively these behaviors facilitated the relinquishing of her maternal influence to Sara and ultimately robbed her from her rightful place of being their
Born a harami or an illegitimate child, Maraim was deprived of a “legitimate claim to the things other people had, things such as love, family, home, and acceptance” (Hosseini 4). Since her childhood, Mariam understood that she was unwanted- a weed that should be tossed away, and when she was fifteen, Mariam faced her father’s rejection and her mother’s suicide. In adulthood, the frequent abuse of her tyrannical husband and her repeated miscarriages only furthered Mariam’s belief that she didn’t deserve love or family. When her husband married the young and beautiful Laila, Mariam’s desperate barrage to maintain her place in the house, despite, revealed her past: You may be the palace malika and me a
The Black Cat and Alcoholism Written in August 19,1843, The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe is the account of a drunkard who kills not only his cat, but his wife for no logical reasons, other than rage and paranoia brought from the evils of alcohol. This narrative is quite conducive with Poe’s personal views, as he was strongly against the recreational use of alcohol, contrary to popular belief. The Narrator of The Black Cat details his upbringing, describing himself, possibly falsely, as a kind child who loved animals almost unconditionally. He recounts his teenage years and his early marriage.
He seated himself and looked at me with withering scorn”. Not even saying a word, this man has Jacobs uneasy and her children fearful. When he does finally open his mouth is it to mock her by saying her master is tired of her, laughing in her face, and ridiculing her in front of her children. Being told all of these horrible qualities that Jacobs apparently has with her children present is demening. Although her children know that the doctor is a terrible man, having those kind of thoughts ringing though her head must have been awful for her mental state.
Holden’s depression directly relates to his family, specifically his brother, Allie. “I slept in the garage the night he dies, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist…” (Salinger 39). Holden experiences much pain when his brother dies, leaving him constantly wondering about him and what might happen to him. From a general perspective, Holden would seem in need of psychoanalysis, however, death is never easy to cope with, especially at his age.
Author’s Bourgosis & Schonberg made several suppositions within the book. This reader was impacted by the suppositions that trauma is considered a major contributor to addiction, and the lack of post-detox treatment services. While experiencing trauma does not always guarantee a person will become addicted to drugs, trauma can be an underlying contributor. This supposition was chosen mainly for the purpose of connecting trauma as a source of a long term contributors to various social factors. This reader gained interest in the supposition due to the importance of brining awareness to the theory of being “Trauma informed”.
Prescription Narcotic Abuse Abuse of prescription narcotics causes loss of family relations, income, and self-esteem for the addict and causes an economic burden on American society. The abuse of prescription narcotics is fast becoming an epidemic in the United States.
Neglect happens when a child does not get the love or protection he or she needs. Child neglect is just as serious of abuse and is more common than expected. In the memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn the narrator demonstrates a lost connection between the father and son. The narrator displays how Jonathan was absent from his sons life causing him to react in an absurd way. Flynn conveys both parties in the novel ultimately is lost and leading to Jonathan being guilty in abandoning the relationship with Flynn.