The Beggar Of Every Child, Right Room, By William John Watkins

1171 Words Nov 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Living in a luxurious house with understanding and patient parents is a dream of every child, right? William John Watkins in “The Beggar in the Living Room” draws a portrait of an orphan who was “lucky” to be adopted by an amazing family of Aunt Zsa-Zsa and Uncle Howard, who act like caring and supportive parents. Finally, the protagonist gets away from abusive step-father and gets into the family of well-educated, supportive people. However, behind various acts of attention, the story examines the complexity of relationships and problem of miscommunication which can force a person to abandon even luxurious home.
The problem of miscommunication is clear from the first sentence where a reader is exposed to tension between character’s ideas and actions. “I know there must be something wrong with me for what I did” (Watkins 1) says narrator and thus introduces us to the inner battle that protagonist is undergoing. The story is about a child who lost a mother and following a car accident lost abusive step-father, Lester, whose death was almost like a relief for the kid. After this event, a “blessing” comes to him, and he is adopted by an amazing family of Aunt Zsa-zsa and Uncle Howard. However, he is unable to enjoy “perfect life”, and calls himself an ungrateful little bastard, selfish, good for nothing. These adjectives were instilled in him by his step-father, Lester who abused his physically and destroyed child’s self-perception. “I was just a "crazy little son of a…

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