Analysis Of The Book ' Jim The Boy ' By Tony Earley Essay

1471 Words Mar 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Traditional families commonly contain one man and woman, usually married, living in the same house with their children (East 604). People commonly view traditional families as functional families, but if a family does not serve as a traditional one, does that mean the family represents a dysfunctional one? During the novel Jim the Boy by Tony Earley, the reader follows a young boy, Jim, who lives in a less than traditional family with his widowed mother, Cissy, and her three older brothers, Zeno, Coran, and Al. Within the story, Jim’s uncles pressure Cissy to get remarried for the sole purposes of giving Jim a father and her refusal of results in her “depriving Jim of the masculine companionship necessary for the proper forming of young boys”, but Cissy argues that her brothers fit that role (Earley 139). Jim’s uncles help raise Jim since birth, mentor him throughout his life, and love him as their own child, and yet they still believe Jim cannot develop appropriately because he has a single mother. Children growing up in fatherless families could have behavioral problems later in life such as depression, self-esteem issues, anger, and difficulty in forming relationships (East 605; Jones 45-6). Jim’s father has passed on. However, it does not mean Jim does not have father figures in his life. Throughout his novel, Earley demonstrates how Jim, despite not having a traditional family, does not show the negative psychological signs of a fatherless child. To farther explain,…

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