The memoir, “The Glass Castle”, written by Jeannette Walls, is a novel filled with hardships and obstacles faced by the author and her dysfunctional family. Living with her depressed mother who weeps and sobs about her struggles in her teaching job, her alcoholic gambling father who, on a daily basis, would not arrive home, and her two sisters, Lori and Maureen and brother, Brian. Though their constant moving and chasing from the debt collectors, one person who has affected Walls life would have to be her father, Rex Walls. Although his constant gambling and consistent job loss, he has become a significant figure in Walls life. He has shown her the problems of alcoholism, the struggles, and corruptions of the world, and especially allowed
Clyde Haberman’s article From Private Ordeal to National Fight: The Case of Terri Schiavo emphasizes social responsibility through a woman’s diagnosis of irreversible brain damage. Terri Schiavo suffered many years because the people around her were still emotionally attached to the memories they had of her. “For 15 years, Terri Schiavo was effectively a slave- slave to an atrophied brain that made her a prisoner in her own body…” (1). Terri Schiavo’s quality of life deteriorated as she spent her last years attached to a feeding tube. Schiavo’s parents and husband had total compelling arguments about what was best for Schiavo because both perspectives saw her differently.
Pushing Pause by Celeste O. Norfleet relates to my own life. In the book Kenisha Lewis a young black girl struggles with personal depression and overcoming obstacles in her life. From her boyfriend breaking up with her to her friends acting funny towards her, everything becomes so overwhelming for Kenisha and it began to take a toll in her life. This situation can relate to me because, going through the everyday struggles of being a young black female, having the feeling being alone all the time with nobody by your side. But towards the end she overcame and broke down that wall she had build up.
Dealing with an alcoholic single mother and endless hours of working at Heather Nursing Home to raise money for college, and high-school. janie Hannagan has bigger problems since she was eight years old, she has been pulled into people’s dreams, witnessing their recurring fears, fantasies and secrets. With the help of mrs. Stubbin an old lady from the nursing home , Janie discovers that she is a dream catcher with the ability to help others resolve their haunting dreams. After taking an interest in former bad boy Cabel, she must distinguish between the monster she sees in his nightmares and her romantic feelings for him. And when she learns more about Cabel’s secret
Her suicide attempts come into play at this point, and you realize how badly oppression and identity struggles can affect a person. Throughout Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi clearly links her identity struggles and oppression to her suicide attempts and ongoing depression. As Satrapi slowly starts to fall into this depression, many facets of her life are changed in horrific ways. Her relationship with her grandmother quickly goes down the drain, and her friends hated who she was becoming. Along with her friends, her therapist even begins to be a cause of her diminishing self-confidence.
The article “Jail Is Sinking Families into Poverty, and Women Pay the Most” discusses the situation of Carla Gonzales, who is a part of a study of 300 families who are dealing with the crippling debt associated with their loved ones’ criminal convictions and incarcerations, and her family after the incarceration of her brother. Many of these families, especially the women, go into extreme debt trying to pay for lawyer fees, court fees, costs of prison visitations, and basic necessities (commissary items and phone calls) for the individual incarcerated. This debt also affects inmates after they are released as they often rely on their families, who are themselves sometimes evicted or denied housing, to find work and housing. Alicia Walters,
This story is written by Beatrice Culleton and it talks about two young Metis girls, that grow up in foster care because their parents are drunks. They get taken into foster care and while they’re in foster care, they go through a lot of sadness from beginning to end. This is a very eventful novel that makes the reader think quite a bit about what they really went through and how they must’ve felt going through these types of things, both April and Cheryl don’t know why they are getting taken away from their parents at first because they’re too young to understand what’s really going on with them. The negative occurrences that go on while they are in the foster homes will make you question why. Why didn’t nobody believe them or try to help
To start off, throughout her childhood, her father was highly strict. As a teenager, Teresa lost her mother who she was extremely close with. As a new nun, she got Malaria, leaving her in life long pain, which she dealt with. Teresa was judged for her spiritual experiences while ill, making her lose her confidence. Another struggle, included Teresa’s religious ecstasies, which made people jealous of her.
For this reason, my immediate emotional reaction to the part after she gave birth was me being furious at the characters for their actions. Finally, after reading “The Love Of My Life” for the fifth time my reaction was only extreme heartache and sorrow for the baby that did not have the chance to live her life and that sorrow was quickly joined by the sorrow for the multitudes of children who have been aborted and have not been able to live their individual lives. Furthermore in the theme of consequences I see the important insights into a pregnant teen 's thoughts and her partners. Since the pregnancy rate of high school students have been rising, I think this piece is exceptionally relevant to today 's society. Afterward, I was able to see and experience the difficulties of dealing with the emotional and physical pains of high school relationships, a pregnancy during freshman year of college, and the confusion of what to do afterward.
This case study is about the effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on 38 year old Sarah. Sarah is married and has two children aged 8 and 10. She was diagnosed with MS when she was at the young age of 33. The disease has progressed rapidly over the five years and she has needed help to support her everyday living. Sometimes she is experiencing fatigue, low mood, feels tearful and that she is a nuisance to everyone.
She suffered from poor health for much of her life. She was afflicted with the dreaded smallpox disease as a teenager and it flared up again later in life. Also as was common in those days, some of her children died when they were very young. In the 1660’s, her house burned down and she and her family were homeless for a time. However, Anne’s indomitable spirit was more than equal to all of these sufferings.
The article starts off with a story of a young girl with a promising future that was escalated downward into a fatal result due to heroin. Her name was Courtney and her parents revealed her dark secret at her funeral “their bright, beautiful daughter… had overdosed at her boyfriend’s grandmother’s house.” The family of Courtney have taken many steps to raise awareness on heroin and reduce the amount of deaths and enhance the amount of treatment to help the abusers. People like her father have devoted their time to help as much as they can “I work with 100 people every day — parents, people in recovery, addicts — who are doing everything we can to save these