Abortion In Unwind, By Helen Neal Shusterman

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Abortion has always been an argument between humans. No one can decide whether it is wrong or right. In Neal Shusterman’s, Unwind, there is a different answer to the problem of abortion. In the novel, a concept called Unwinding is created to stop abortion, but still give parents a choice. A child between the ages of 13 to 18 is eligible to be signed to be unwound and according to the law every part of then must be used. Throughout the novel, Connor Lassiter, Risa Ward, and Levi Calder all go through their own journeys with unwinding meeting all kinds of people along the way. Neal Shusterman’s, Unwind, proves that Unwinding is an absurd and unreasonable answer to abortion because it interrupts the brain development, allows no room for failure, …show more content…
In the article, “Why Failure is Good for Success”, Pauline Estrem, writes about how failing can create success. With the right mindset, a person 's failure will make them try harder the next time. Estrem also talks about how failure is not documented in history, but no one knew how to change the world the first time. Estrem references Thomas Edison, who states, “I didn 't fail 1,000 times. The lightbulb was an invention with 1,000 steps” ( Estrem 2). Failure is the key to success. Children have to learn from their mistakes, not be signed to unwinding. If children like Thomas Edison were unwound, who knows when the lightbulb would have been invented. In Unwind, if Connor had been unwound, he never would have went on to do something great. Connor took over the Graveyard, a plane junkyard where unwinds stay, and told them, “We will think before we act and that’s going to make it difficult for them. We’ll infiltrate harvest camps and united unwinds across the country...we have a voice and we will use it” (Shusterman 255). Connor is doing a great thing. He is taking all the fury unwinds have for justice and making that into peaceful protest. If Connor had been unwound, the graveyard would have transformed simply back into a junkyard. He is using the exact things that got him sent to be unwound, but instead using it for …show more content…
Throughout the story, Kavangah tells multiple stories about parents dropping their troubled teens off at hospitals and leaving. Parents are leaving their children of ages, but no infants which is what the law was created for in the first place. Governor Dave Heineman states, “Safe haven laws were not designed to allow families to having difficulty with older youth and teenagers to abandon their child or responsibilities as a parent” (Heineman 1). Parents need another way to cope with their problems with their children. They need more social services to turn to when things are getting tough. These teenagers do not always understand that their actions affect their parents in the ways that they do. This is similar to Unwind, and how Roland, a kid Connor and Risa met in the Graveyard, protected his mom in the wrong way. Roland is a troubled teen. He got in all sorts of fights at school and elsewhere. His mother was abused by his stepfather, and Roland had enough, “Roland had beaten up his stepfather for beating his mom. The mother took her husband 's side, and the stepfather got off with a warning. Roland, on the other hand, was sent to be unwound” (Shusterman 78). Roland was trying to protect him mom. He did not know to properly deal with the situation and acted out in the only way he knew how. If there were more social services, that Roland’s mom could

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