After reading the novel The Secret Life of Bees, it would be easy to think that the main theme is discrimination or family, but in reality it is actually focused on the toll that mental illness takes on a family. The protagonist of this novel, Lily Owens, has always had a troublesome life. Both her parents, Terrence Owens, also known as T. Ray, and Deborah Fontanel are ridden with illness, sadly caused from each other. Lily also meets a new family in this novel after running away from her cruel father who abuses her. This family is also dealing with mental illness.
Individuals who were suffering from depression had reported that they recalled more negative experiences with their parents, recalling them as uncaring and rejecting. A study done on 200 adults, 104 males and 96 females, assessed the link between depression, suicidality, and parental rejection. Through the study, it was shown that parental rejection was associated with self-critical perfectionism, which is, “an inability to derive satisfaction from successful performance, and chronic concerns about others’ criticism and performance” (Campos and Blatt 60). This is because parental rejection causes individuals to have low self-esteem and be insecure, which plays a role in the outlook that characterizes self-criticism. Self-critical perfectionism is linked with depression and suicide, which indirectly associates parental rejection to that as well.
In Eugenia W. Collier’s short story “Marigolds”, Lizabeth and her family experience an external conflict against society when the Great Depression’s burdens fall onto them, creating both emotional and financial stress; in this, Collier reveals that external struggle may lead to reckless actions. Early on, Lizabeth describes poverty as “...the cage in which [her family] was trapped…”, alluding to her desire to be free from the bars of impoverishment (Collier 126). Towards the climax in the story, Lizabeth hears her father crying about his inability to support his family without a steady income, which leads to her “...feelings [combining] in one great impulse toward destruction” (Collier 126). In this, Collier projects the idea that strenuous
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.
Jeannette vividly depicts homelessness by exploring its causes, its impact on daily life, and its effect on her family. Unfortunately, homelessness is still a major issue in many American cities. The issues that lead to this circumstance could include anything from substance abuse, disabilities or mental illness. The Glass Castle explores several causes and effects of homelessness. More specifically, Jeanette discusses how poverty can prevent someone from affording basic necessities.
Alexander and Charlie didn’t deal with the same kind of abuse, but were both definitely affected by the abuse they faced and each chose their own way to cope with the anger, and hurt they felt inside. You could compare their lives when observing the things that were shown happening to them. In The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Charlie had issues, and revealed at the end, you learn that his Aunt Helen had actually been sexually abusing Charlie for years up until her death. In Into The Wild Alexander had his own share of abuse and experience in a broken home as well. His father was abusive to his mother, and his parents had serious problems in which they would take out on each other verbally and physically in front of their children, and sometimes on the children.
“It had been months since I laid eyes on Mom, and when she looked up, I was overcome with panic that she'd see me and call out my name, and that someone on the way to the part would spot us together and Mom would introduce herself and my secret would be out” (The Glass Castle 3). Even though she feels shame because of her parents, she also feels guilty because how ashamed she is of her parents. She felt guilt for hiding her parents from the people in her life, and she felt like she was living a lie. Also, she feels guilty because her parents are homeless and living on
I would feel sorrowful towards david and kirby about how they are emotionally and mentally abused everyday in their lives. Especially to David Kirby in the book.Someone that i know that would represent the same familiar traits in the book to what the mom has would be in the "the boy called it" The mom that raises the child poorly is shown to have the third highest violent abuse to a child in a state. The mom in the book"the boy called it" constantly abuses the little boy everyday in the book just like the mom does with david kirby by abusing the him everyday as well. Therefore this is how David and Kirby 's mother is reminded of in the
This is portrayed by hinting at Annie’s traumatizing past. Even before Annie was sent to a poorhouse for the ill and disabled, her father was incredibly abusive towards her. “Annie” the biography states, “‘You little devil’, her father often shouted, and tried to control her by beatings so severe that, to save her, Annie’s mother would try to hide her little daughter” (Lash 438). From her early childhood, Sullivan faced hardships everyday regarding family life, eventually resulting in her
A parent’s most painful journey is watching their child feel worthless and unaccepted. This disharmony that starts in house has a horrific impact on a child’s life, causing suicide rates to go
Since about age 16, Mayra has been experiencing sadness, depression feeling of guilt. Mayra grew up in a home where her parents argued frequently. Her father being an alcoholic caused marital problems within her parents. Due to the tension among her parents, as stated prior Mayra felt sadness, depression and feeling of guilt because she couldn’t do anything to fix her parents problems. The feeling and emotions prolonged over into her adulthood and became worse when her father got deported.
This debilitating disease affects extended family members too. This can be husbands, siblings and even extended family as mentioned before. Research shows that postpartum depression impacts the new born baby and the new born baby is at an increased risk for having behavioral problems and developmental delays due to the neglect of care (Thompson & Fox, 2010). This scholarly research paper will examine the ways in which postpartum depression and anxiety affects the mother to baby relationship and how health care professionals can use nursing interventions towards the treatment of postpartum depression to promote an optimal post pregnancy lifestyle.Postpartum depression and anxiety levels have serious effects on the mother’s lifestyle which then causes serious effects for the newborn. The mother 's physical well being such as the changes in her diet, sleep and activity levels can result in her being less well nourished, exhausted and overly or less active than usual (Thurgood, Avery & Williamson, 2009).
The children in this from suffered from mood swings, and anxiety that their dad might come back for their mom. These children while healing were still suffering from the events of the domestic violence they witnessed years ago. As the mom described, her children went from happy and confident one day to sad the next. As the daughter, Chelsea mentioned,
The article reviewed the issues that occur in a child’s life in regard to their education when their parents are incarcerated. Vacca points out that the children of parents that are incarcerated often “experience emotional withdrawal, failure in school, delinquency, and the risk of intergenerational incarceration” (49). He also suggests that many people in our society do not realize that these children “…often they lack any positive intervention from homes and community agencies” which allows them to fall through the cracks (Vacca
Lebron still goes by his mom 's last name (James). He had a tough childhood growing up with very little support. His mother had many personal problems while raising Lebron. Some of these problems were brought from her mother 's death. His mother could never keep a job long so they moved from apartment to apartment.