Essay about The Teenage Wasteland By Anne Tyler

765 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Motherly Hardships In this day and time being a mother is not an easy job. There are so many challenges down the road of motherhood. Responsibility is of the utmost importance when it comes to raising children, especially when they become teenagers. A person should be extremely patient and understanding. Anne Tyler’s “Teenage Wasteland” gives one view of how difficult it can be when trying to raise a teenage boy. In “Teenage Wasteland, “Daisy, a mother of two, is faced with a conflict between she and her son Donny. Donny is a fifteen-year-old boy who begins to rebel socially and academically in school. Daisy is informed by the Mr. Lanham, Donny’s principal, that Donny has been acting out and his grades have been declining. Daisy tries her best to help her son by “sitting next to him as he worked, trying to be encouraging him” (189). She pays so much attention to Donny’s problem that she almost totally ignores the fact that her adolescent daughter, Amanda, needs her too. She often tells her daughter “Not now honey” (189), when Amanda attempts to share the accounts of her day. Sometimes when one child has an issue the mother tends to make that child the center of attention, not to spite the other child/children but to help the who has an immediate need. Some mothers feel that it is their duty to fix every problem, great or small, their children may have. Daisy finds herself feeling “exhausted” (189) when trying to deal with Donny and Amanda. Her husband, Matt, is of no…

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