Essay about Teenage Wasteland By Anne Tyler

1250 Words Dec 7th, 2016 5 Pages
The short story, “Teenage Wasteland” by Anne Tyler was first published in Seventeen in the year of 1983, and it explores the tough relationship between a troubled teen and adults. This story was influenced by the song "Baba O’Riley” by The Who which has a similar theme of struggling teenagers. Although studies have demonstrated that authoritarian or permissive parenting style can contribute to adolescent problems, Donny, Tyler’s protagonist, struggles because adults in his life fail to provide consistency. Anne Tyler was born in Minnesota on October 25, 1941, and she went to Duke University for college (Anne Tyler facts, 2010). She has written many books and coincidently most of Anne 's stories have the same theme, "Throughout Tyler 's novels, characters struggle to negotiate a balance between self-identity and family identity” (Anne Tyler facts, 2010). Anne Tyler had an unusual childhood that made herself a mature writer at a young age that helped her write brilliant pieces of short stories and books. Each parent is different in their way with their reasons but every parent falls into one of four categories: authoritative, neglectful, permissive, and authoritarian. No matter which type the parent is in the relationship between parents and teenagers is not easy. Debby Mayne from a popular blog has a compelling post about the relationship between teens and adults, and the way she describes the relationship is almost perfect, “As the teen gets older, she is likely to fight…

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