The Importance Of Family In American Literature

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One family could be rich and happy, and another rich and unhappy, it all depends on what makes the family. Not all families have to have blood related members. Patrick A. Velardi from Yale said, “People everywhere seem to live in groups that can be called families” (Velardi). Not all families are blood related, Families should be a group of people that care for each other and also have each others backs during the toughest times. Within every family unit, there is always something that makes it unique and different from others. Throughout American Literature, the theme of family can change depending on the history, community and traditions, and how they get along. The Two families in “Our Town” work together and are close to each other. …show more content…
Armand fell in love with Desiree at an early age and ironically said that he did not care that no one knew her family history. Madame Valmonde was the first to see that the baby was different, but no one else did at the time. With the quadroon boy next to the baby, Desiree finally saw the similarity between them, she realized that her baby was not fully white (Chopin). From the way that Armand was acting, it seems to be that he already knew about his baby but decided to not say anything. The blame was put on Desiree because no one knew her biological family history, but she was not the one that caused the “unconscious injury” to the family (Chopin). After Desiree was gone, Armand decided to burn all her things and letters that she had given him during their marriage. One of the letters was not by Desiree, it was for Armand’s father from his mother. The Letter revealed that Armand was the one carrying the gene that no one wanted (Chopin). For coming to conclusions, Armand lost the family that he had. Armand should have stood by his family, which was the woman he loved and his baby, but he cares more about how it would affect his family history. Family History is one thing, but how the community and their traditions affects a family is …show more content…
The Lottery goes by family units and then its members. Each family of the town has to participate, they do not have any other choice. The members of the town joke around with each other like nothing is about to happen, which is probably to keep what is about to happen out of their minds. The Hutchinson family was the unlucky family that won. Tessie Hutchinson tried to blame it on how Bill, her husband, was not given enough time pick the piece of paper he wanted. Throughout the rest of the story, Tessie kept saying that it was not fair and that they should start over but no one listened (Jackson 4). Tessie was the member picked from the Hutchinson family to be stoned. The town hurried up and finished the tradition quickly so they could forget about it and move on (Jackson 5). The Hutchinson family did not back up their family member, everyone was so used to the tradition, that they did not see how wrong it was. The Lottery decided if the families get to live their lives like nothing for another year or if they have to deal with a lost. Traditions in “The Lottery” were similar to those of “Wagner Matinee” but they were also

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