Cyntoia was born to an alcoholic mother with records of multiple psychiatric disorders; quoting from Brown’s mother, “Bipolar, personality disorder, suicidal, manic depressive, which is an unguarded condition. At times I’ve had homicidal thoughts for people that have hurt me. I’ve been raped, and I always wanted to do things to them for hurting me.” Furthermore, to add even more to the trauma, Cyntoia, her mother and grandmother were all raped over the course of three generations. Cyntoia’s mother also was unable to take care of the girl, as she has a history of intergenerational abuse; She had also testified to heavy drinking, about a fifth of whiskey per day, while pregnant with the girl; mother’s alcoholism had resulted in Cyntoia being born with Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, which has slowed her brain development and had lowered her IQ. Brown’s mother began using crack cocaine when the girl was eight months; furthermore, by the time she was 2 years old, Cyntoia was given up for adoption.
In Sasha’s case it molded her perception and outlook on the world; it distorted her sense of belonging, self-esteem and desire. Every individual reacts differently to traumatic events. Some children can overcome their obstacles, while others struggle with it their entire lives. Sasha did not handle her situation very well, as she started shoplifting at the age of thirteen. At the age of seventeen, she disappeared into the world to fend for herself and without a plan, succumbed to drugs, theft, and lived an unstable life, attempting suicide more once.
She was unable to stay clean and was caught at a drug house with needle in hand. She was sent to another treatment center. She was sober for a year, but then relapsed with her boyfriend. She then got into making meth with her boyfriend. She was never too careful on how many drugs she would take and ended up overdosing.
Is it fair that all of Robbie’s hopes and dreams were confiscated because of a 13 year old girl accusing him of a crime that was never proven to be true? In the book Atonement by Ian McEwan Briony is an adolescent in the beginning and does not understand the changes of adulthood. When her cousin Lola comes to her and confesses she has been raped she assumes it was Robbie because of a sexual contented letter she finds that he wrote to her sister. As a result his life changes drastically and every goal he has in life is wiped away. We later come to find he was not the one who committed the crime.
Maria displays self- destructive tendencies as she spends her days having sex and getting high and drunk. When she ends up pregnant, she contemplates telling the potential father Les Goodwin, then decides not to when she realizes “when she was not actually talking to him now she found it hard to keep him distinct from everyone
Many facets of poverty were impactful on Liz’s life, but the three most important aspects were drug addiction, hunger and family dissolution. When Liz was growing up her parents lives were consumed with drugs. At one point in the book Liz’s mom steals her birthday money from her to buy drugs. As she observes throughout her life how much drugs wreck her parents and her family. Lizzy vows to never ever do drugs.
Altogether his disabilities provide evidence that his mother consumed alcohol while pregnant with him. Paul’s gambling addiction and schizophrenia are the result of brain deformities caused by fetal alcohol syndrome. On top of that, Paul’s mother not being able to feel love for her children provides evidence that she drank during the
Gertrude was a repeated divorcee that was the head of a poor family of seven with a history of being abused by lovers. She dropped out of school when she was only 16 years old in order to pursue a marriage between her and a man name John Baniszewski. John had a volatile temper, often beating his wife for annoying him. Gertrude endured this for 10 years, having 4 children who she gained custody of after her and John’s divorce. Gertrude immediately married a new man by the name of Edward Guthrie.
She is denied to go to school, because according to her stepfather, she is ‘too dumb to keep going to school’ (CP 9). She is repeatedly raped by him and becomes pregnant twice, but the babies are taken away from her. Celie becomes a mother of two children born of incestuous union but they are sold by Alphonso for monetary benefit. Celie’s life is the representation of the female slaves whose children were forcefully taken away by the slave masters who enjoyed the financial gain by selling children. Celie mingles her physical suffering with the psychological torture through many letters that she writes to God and her sister.
The tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet are mainly the fault oh Juliet herself. Although several other factors play a role, ultimately Juliet has to take responsibility for her own actions. Her parents are unreasonable for perpetuating the feud between the families and for trying to force Juliet to marry a man she didn’t love. Romeo was immature and hot headed and got himself banished from Verona for killing Tybalt. Friar Lawrence had the brilliant idea to mix a fake poison for a thirteen year old child in order to help her lie to everyone she loved.