Jim The Boy Cissy Analysis

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Traditional families commonly contain one man and woman, usually married, living in the same house with their children (East 604). People commonly view traditional families as functional families, but if a family does not serve as a traditional one, does that mean the family represents a dysfunctional one? During the novel Jim the Boy by Tony Earley, the reader follows a young boy, Jim, who lives in a less than traditional family with his widowed mother, Cissy, and her three older brothers, Zeno, Coran, and Al. Within the story, Jim’s uncles pressure Cissy to get remarried for the sole purposes of giving Jim a father and her refusal of results in her “depriving Jim of the masculine companionship necessary for the proper forming of young boys”, but Cissy argues that her brothers fit that role (Earley 139). Jim’s uncles help raise Jim since birth, mentor him throughout his life, and love him as their own child, and yet they still believe Jim cannot develop appropriately because he has a single mother. Children growing up in fatherless families could have behavioral problems later in life such as …show more content…
Having a healthy, loving relationship with secure, stable attachments with family will help create a feeling of security and help with self-confidence in a child (East 610). “Men expresses regret and sadness when met with the absence of an older male mentor” (East 611). Any older male can serve as an emotional substitute for a father to a child, and they do not need to begin as the child’s father. That represents the reason why Jim acts like a normal boy because he had not one, not two, but three men, who love Jim dearly, serving as the father figure he needs. Though Jim does wish he could have met his dad and it does hurt him that he will never have the chance to meet him, he does not want a new one because he already has three (Earley

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