25 Feb

Please post your focuses, and a brief explanation thereof, below…

Thank you!!


5 Responses to “ENGLISH 100”

  1. Savannah February 26, 2014 at 6:11 am #

    My focus is on neglectful mothering and how it affects children, primarily infants. I’m having a hard time finding a focal study on how neglect specifically affects an infant so I have brodend my search. I’m fascinated by this because in my life I have seen those take this and turn their life into something positive and functional. While others sub come to alcoholism or drugs to “deal” I find it rather facinnating. I am also very curious how a parent can justify or even think to neglect a child. Their own child.

  2. Blake Raphael February 26, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    My focus is on the parents’ level of maturity and how that will affect the family. Specifically I am paying particularly close attention to when the parent’s avoid responsibilities, put a delusional spin on reality, and act in ways that have a negative impact on their children.

    Examples of parent’s avoiding responsibilities include:
    -Page 9 Jeanette is set ablaze making hot dogs for herself at the age of three.
    -Page 74 Mom can’t handle her job and the kids do a lot for her.

    Examples of parents’ delusions include:
    -Page 96 mom’s delusion that glasses are a clutch.
    -Page 19 dad’s theory that they are being chased by various organizations

    Examples of acts that put the kids physical and/or mental states in jeopardy include:
    -Page 43 dad trying to run mom over with the car.
    -Page 111 mom takes her children shoplifting.

    Though there is a lot of faults with the parent’s there is some good in dad, but I am having trouble finding much good in mom. With each relocation it seems that the friction between the parent’s seems to increase and they grow further apart from the children due to their immaturity. I think as the story continues we will see the effect of the parents’ immaturity on the kids as well as on the relationship of the family.

  3. Ryan Baker February 26, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    My Focus is going to be on priorities. How in the book, and how in modern society, priorities are totally upside down. I can pull from the text that Jeannette’s mom, instead of buying food buys paint. Also how Wall’s father spends tons of money on booze and gambling. As a nation we are focused on “fixing” other countries, when there’s people in our backyard starving to death. There are countless examples in both the book and in life, that some priorities need fixing.

  4. Amelia Figueroa February 27, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    My focus will be on poverty and living/leading a life of homelessness. In this memoir the Wall parents have shown us that they have chosen to be lazy and to live in poverty. The mother has an education, knows she is doing wrong and hides the fact that she is failing by being deceitful and lying to her kids to make herself feel better. She can be an elementary school teacher in pretty much whatever town they choose to skedaddle to but prefers to live a life of leisure at the cost of their children’s well-being. The dad too chooses to live in poverty.. And I say that despite the defense that alcoholism is a sickness. People are put through tough situations regularly but he had years and years to straighten himself out but decided to take the easy route and just continue being complacent and OK with making his kids suffer. After all he had a wife who enabled him, a wife who was “on his side”.

    I want to say nobody wants to be homeless but when you do nothing to help yourself out it’s like you’re almost asking for it. You reap what you sow and in their case, they aren’t sowing anything therefore aren’t reaping anything at all. I kind of went off on a tangent but yeah, my focus will be on poverty and the many ways it is caused. Some people choose poverty and other times people fall into it.

  5. Kevin March 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    My focus is on Child Negligence and how it damages children as they grow older. In this novel you see a lot of negligence and bullying from Rex and Rosemary. This is a serious topic that needs to be discussed and dealt with because it happens in real life and it only leads to homelessness, prostitution, and other serious criminal acts.

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