Brother Dear by Bernice Friesen Analysis Essay

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Analysis of a Key Passage
Brother Dear by Bernice Friesen

In Brother Dear by Bernice Friesen, the author suggests that success can come in many forms, but each form is unique to each person. In the excerpt, Greg is leaving the house, with Sharlene following him and trying to convince him to stay at home.

Sharlene, who is in grade 11, is caught between agreeing with her father and supporting her brother Greg, and based on their opinion of success. Greg asks a simple question as he leaves: “Is that all my family can ever do? Point out what’s wrong with me?” it is this question that makes
Sharlene think about what her brother’s thinking about. This question is completely based on point of view, and following the footsteps of
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This line shows how Greg feels about his father; Jack only wanted him to earn a degree and get a good job, and he had managed to drive this into Sharlene. Sharlene is the hardworking daughter, who has goals just as high as her father’s before he failed them. Now, though, now is the time Greg changes her point of view, and teaches her that success can mean happiness, even if it means living in the streets with no job. She begins to see that Greg is

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