Kinship In Greg Muldoon's Living Against The Grain

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As defined in the dictionary, kinship is a blood relationship that is synonymous with family and blood ties. However, in "Living Against the Grain," Muldoon describes kinship in a different manner. In chapter 4, Muldoon describes his meaning of kinship as a strong relationship with another individual who does not necessarily have to be of blood relation. For example, Muldoon explains the story of the man in a red bandanna. Crowther, the man in the red bandanna, worked at the World Trade Center during the plane crash on September 11th. Once the plane hit, Crowther helped several people exit the building safely. Unfortunately, he did not make it out safely himself. Crowther is an example of kinship because he acted as if those other strangers were his family, so he assisted them before worrying about himself.
Moreover, Muldoon writes about Greg Boyle, who illustrates the meaning of kinship. Boyle lives in Los Angeles where he is employed at Dolores Mission Church. At the church, Boyle works with former gang members and founded Homeboy Industries. Homeboy Industries offers jobs to the former
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I definitely look up to people who illustrate kinship with others. For example, my teammate and friend Kaitlyn Workman practices kinship with others. Kaitlyn makes me long for kinship. She loves to attend Wheeling Jesuit 's service trips, which shows how she forms special bonds with other individuals and has an urge to help others. Because of Kaitlyn, I have gone on two school retreat trips and started helping Father Steltenkamp with bread runs. Another person who makes me long for kinship is Puddy who is a staff member of Wheeling Jesuit. I met him through the retreat trips I went on, and I also used to be a member of his weekly book club. Puddy practices kinship and would help anyone if they asked him. He is such a great guy, and I admire

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