Essay for The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard
In the novel The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard, Wendy is faced with many questions following her mother’s death. She is faced with self-actualizing and becoming independent as well as self-sufficient without the aid of a strong maternal or paternal figure. Following the aftermath of 9/11, instead of responding to the events in an emotionally selfish way, Wendy attempts to fill the void left by her mother by nurturing and caring for Louie in Josh’s absence. The largest factor in Wendy’s change in behavior is the effect of the relationships she makes whilst living in California.
When Wendy goes to California, she tries to begin a new life by taking advantage of her clean slate, and thus lies to the …show more content…
It becomes readily apparent that Violet is a foil character for Janet, Wendy’s mother. While Janet and Violet both become pregnant from a young age, that is where the similarities come to an end. While Violet is utterly confused as to raising a child, and at times folds under pressure and resorts to physical abuse when dealing with her son, Janet took the gift she was given and