Addiction Dilemmas Short Story

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The first few stories in the book Addiction Dilemmas contain quite a few things in common, as well some major differences. Addictions are not fun to deal with and tend to get extremely messy. These stories testify to this issue, leading us to examine not only the situations of addicted people around us, but also ourselves. These stories all in all portray a mighty picture of the overall theme in the lives of people where addiction is prominent in one’s life or home. One similarity that is obviously depicted in these three stories is the lack of hope the family has for the person that is addicted. In story one, we see Bob who is an alcoholic. His wife Wendy is exhausted with trying to change him, and believes that this is just the way life …show more content…
This is not to give a stigma to males, though. The extremes we see here are more of a hate side towards Mary’s drug abuse. Mary seems to be crying out for help. She makes cynical sarcastic statements about how her husband view their house as a home, which portrays that she does not feel this way. This story, unlike the first, seems to have fingers pointing all over the place. Everyone blamed Bob in the first story, other than Wendy who blamed herself some. In this story, though it is not right in your face, you can see this underlying issue. Mary could easily be pointing fingers at James and Jamie for drinking excessively, giving her an excuse for her own addiction. Edmund points a finger at himself (and other may, too) due to the labor he gave his mother. Again, we see this messy …show more content…
There is an obvious similarity of fear in all of these stories, which can circle around back to the lack of hope. No one wants to be hurt, therefore we fear putting our hope into a situation or a person. One could even look into the differences of the way men and women are portrayed with drug abuse. In the second story about Mary, the men seem to be less understanding as Wendy is to Bob in the first story. The women seem to defend the men more, while the men seem to be less likely to put up with the person who is addicted. One other similarity that is definitely useful to point out is that there was no closure in any story about what the root of the problem

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