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Compare and Contrast Essay

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Published by: Emmanuel Bautista-Dizon on Jun 16, 2012
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Emmanuel Bautista-DizonMs. GuissiHonors English 2September 11, 2011Short Story/Angle of Repose/Black Boy Comparison/Contrast EssayParents and guardians have a great impact on their children as they mature. Theyare the stepping stones to their children’s future, their map to guide them in life. The parents are the primary reason for the development of their children.The book “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence proves how mothers areto blame for the death and unhappiness of their children. As written in the story “There wasa woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. Shemarried for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them. . . . There were a boy and two little girls.They lived in a pleasant house, with a garden, and they had discreet servants, and feltthemselves superior to anyone in the neighborhood” (Lawrence 146). Accordingly, themother could not love her children. This results that the son does not receive proper guidance and attention from his mother, which results in his death. The mother, if she hadloved his son dearly, could have stopped him from his gambling and what not. The boy was born with all the advantages in the world, a pleasant house with discreet servants, yet hecould not live without one thing, his mothers care.In the book “Winter Night” by Kay Boyle, the absence of Felicia’s mother leavesFelicia lonely, with no one who really takes care of her. She has care takers, but they do
Bautista-Dizonnothing other than sit and supervise Felicia. Felicia’s constant question to the cook is “Ismama coming home early tonight?” and the answer is always no. The mother is alwaysworking late nights and receiving the money to pay the rent for the apartment they live in.As “Winter Night” develops, there is one care taker who comes and really listens to Feliciaand really gets to know her, creating a relationship with Felicia. She replaces Felicia’smother in a way, since the care taker is the first person to ever pay attention to Felicia. Atthe end of the story, the mother comes home and sees that Felicia and the care taker andsleeping together, with the care takers arms wrapped around her.In the short story “Sixteen” by Jessamyn West, the unhappiness of Crest is her owndoing. Crest is unhappy for two reasons: One being that she did not want to visit her grandpa and two because she realized how much she loved her grandpa after he had passed.In the short story, Cress is thinking “Why were they calling her home to watch Grandpadie, she thought, angrily and rebelliously. An old man, past eighty. He’d never been trulyalive for her, never more than a rough, hot hand, a scraggly mustache that repelled her when he kissed her” (West 50). She enjoys the college life along with her boyfriend, andshe sees no reason to visit an old timer like her grandpa. She does not see the point of visiting a dead person who has not really influenced her in her life; however, she realizeshow her grandpa has always been a kind spirit. Cress is a rebellious character, who never tries to look at the good and bad of her decisions, she only looks at the bad things.In the book Black Boy by Richard Wright, Richard has many reasons to beunhappy, one involving his mother. Richard was born in the south, in a time of discrimination and segregation. Whenever he did something wrong, he was punished for it.For example, when Richard burned down his house, he immediately received a beating2
Bautista-Dizonfrom his mother. She did not bother talking to him and discussing what had happened, she just headed straight for the beating. There is a distant relationship between Richard and hismom. He and his mom do not communicate. The only communication is Richards’s momshand across his face. Richards’s mom should take the time to help Richard and guide himso he knows what he should do and not do, before he gets himself into trouble with somediscriminatory people.B. How does the absence of parents love and protection affect the children?In the short story” Flight” by John Steinbeck, the absence the mother protection hadallowed Pepé to embark on a journey to manhood, which eventually led to his death. As themother said “A boy gets to be a man when a man is needed” (Steinbeck 134). In the story,the mother did not follow that statement. Pepe was not needed for any specific use. She hadlet him go on a journey because he wanted to become a man. However, when he returns back from his journey, he will continue to be a boy again since he is never needed to be aman.In the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, there is love by the parent, butthere is the question of protection. Mama raised money to send her daughter to school, butshe could not protect her in a way so that she doesn’t change or become someone different.“Hakim-a-barber said, ‘I accept some of their doctrines, but farming and raising cattle isnot my style.’ They didn’t tell me, and I didn’t ask, whether Wangero [Dee] had reallygone and married him” (Walker 29). It is the mother’s lack of protection which allowed her daughter to end up marrying a man that she does not approve of. The mother should alwayslook out for her daughter and continue to influence her, even if she is not at home anymore.3

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