Tears Of A Tiger By Sharon Draper Essay examples

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Tears of a Tiger Compare and Contrast

In “Tears of a Tiger” by Sharon Draper two family environments are seen. An examination of the Washington and Jackson families reveals what makes a strong family and what leads to a potentially dangerous environment. Tears of a tiger shows two family environments one in which Andy feels he cannot relate to and one in which he feels he can. Andy, the driver of the car that killed Rob Washington, blames himself for the accident and cannot get past his guilt and pain. While all of his friends have managed to move on Andy allows death to become the main focus of his life and let this accident eat him up whole. According to the book Tears of a Tiger, Andy longs for a family like his best friend Rob, he feels he cannot relate to his parents and believes that they do not care to relate to him.
Andy loves his parents in all but he feels as though he relates more to robs parents then his own parents. “Do you think your parents understand your problems? Heckee no! I think my parent’s aint got no grip on reality; me and my mom stay out of each other’s way. We don’t dislike each other, we just don’t think like.” “Does he ever listen to your music? Be for real! She plans meaningless activities for girls, she once asked me if I would like to be an escort. I almost died! Me! Put on a tuxedo and dance the waltz?” Andy and his mom don’t see eye to eye. They don’t hate each other, it’s just that Andy isn’t into the type of stuff his mom wants him to…

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