Parents Influence Essay

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Influence, the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. The novels and movie - Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, a story about a women re-telling her story to her best friend; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the story of an Afghan boy and his road to redemption; Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis, a story of a borderline autistic boy living in Greenbow, Alabama and his life journey; The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, a work of metafiction, tells the story of a group of men in the same regiment and their accounts in the Vietnam war - all show how parents/guardians influences affect one’s life. Parents/guardians influence the outcome of …show more content…
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston writes about Janie Crawford - the main character - being caught by her grandmother, Nanny, kissing Johnny Taylor - a local boy - on the fence. Nanny, realizing that Janie is starting to grow into her womanhood, wants her to marry Logan Killicks, a well-respected man in town. Janie reacts to Nanny’s decision by rebelling and eventually running away with another man:
"Yeah, Janie, youse got yo’ womanhood on yuh. So Ah mout ez well tell yuh whut Ah been savin’ up for uh spell. Ah wants to see you married right
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This abuse influences her life paths and choices as she starts to use drugs and really thinks about killing herself using the analogy of “flying”. Trauma people go through at a young age can follow them through their lives and affect their whole lives and how they think about themselves and the world around them. The way parent/guardians treat children can affect the their way of life once they become older. Constantly looking for approval can lead to weakening of relationships and cause people to put their problems before others. Abuse of trauma a child goes through can deteriorate their self esteem and it can also lead to hatred.
Parents/guardians influence the choices one makes due to the fear of not living up to family expectations. In The Things They Carried, O’Brien incorporates his own story/experiences about war and his tough decision about going to war and how the influence of his family helped him make the decision of going to

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