The Role Of Parents In The Novel 'The Bite Of The Mango'

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The Role of Adults: Failed Parents One thing that comes to mind when the role of parents is thought of, is that they their job is to love their children, do what is best for them in terms of their emotional stability, mental health and their success in life. This statement is true for many, but there is are still children whose parents are not like this at all. People are lead to believe that these parents have failed their children, which also happens with Mariatu in the novel The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland. Under the unfortunate circumstances of poverty, the adults in the novel, The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland, have failed their children by not meeting their wants and needs, …show more content…
Whether that is because they did not believe what she was saying, or they honestly did not care, they still let Mariatu down and fail her as parents. Mariatu’s family was trying to stay on the down low as they knew the rebels were near their villages, and that any sighting of them would get them in trouble. Mariatu had just woken up from a bad dream of palm oil, which means that blood will be spilled that day. Then, her “father”, Alie, asks her to go fetch some food from another village. Mariatu is hesitant about this because of what she just dreamt and says, “‘I’m not going anywhere today,’ I insisted. Shaking from head to toe, I told Alie about my dream and my grandmother’s prediction. ‘Something is going to happen today,’ I said. ‘It will be bad. If you don’t believe me, I will go. But we might never see each other again.’ I thought he’d yell at me, but he chuckled. ‘Just go. I’m sure nothing is going to happen.’” (McClelland 27). Alie does not listen to Mariatu and her concern for her safety. It is his job as a parent to take in and listen to the concerns of his children, but instead he does not listen to her, says that everything should be fine and still forces her to go. No consideration was taken in from Mariatu’s fear, and as a parent, their job is to ensure that the child is okay and to make sure the wants of that child is met. In result of him not listening and …show more content…
Majority of the opportunities that come along in one’s life as a child, comes from their parents, but in Mariatu’s case, the parent figures in her life do not provide her with any, and if anything, they question the ones that she makes herself. Mariatu expresses to Yabom, one of the social workers, that she wants to go to Canada and that she dislikes living in England. In order to go to Canada, Mariatu needs a Canadian visa and therefore return to Sierra Leone to acquire one. Yabom informs her that, “‘There isn’t even a Canadian consulate in Freetown-- I don’t know where this woman expects you to fill out the paperwork. You’ll likely never leave Freetown again. Is this what you want?’” (McClelland 155). Yabom down plays the idea of her long term goal to move to Canada and she wants Mariatu to question if this idea is what she really wants. Any person or parent figure would want their children to have all of the opportunities they can get and most will do anything for them. People who do not do this, have failed their children, just like what happens with Mariatu. The adults in the novel could have done more for Mariatu, like provide her with opportunities and to make her journey to get where she wants,

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