Family Influences

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“Family Influences”

There were three stories in particular that portrayed views of family. In each story a person that is influenced by their family. In Faulkner’s story “A Rose for Emily”, Emily Grierson is influenced by her father’s control over her love life. In “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, Tom is influenced by both his parents, his father gives him an example to follow when it comes to abandoning his family, and his mother isn’t there for him when he needs her most. In William Blake’s poem “The Chimney Sweeper” the boy is influenced by his father when his own dad sells him, being sold as a child would surely influence one’s life. All of these characters experience influence from their family. In Faulkner’s story “A rose for Emily” Emily’s father was very controlling of who she could date and kept Emily to himself. Growing up Emily always had her father looking over her shoulder telling her that a man isn’t good enough for her and whenever someone would come along her father would chase them away. Even after her father died he played a huge influence on her life and that was seen by everyone in the community. Every old tradition that she still carried on was signs of her father. She couldn’t move on and live her own life because her father had so much control over her life when he was living. When her father died Emily Grierson carried on the traditions that her father had bestowed upon her. While outside Emily’s little world, in the community, life was moving on and advancing in several ways Emily was still living life through her father’s eyes. Emily’s father had always found a way to chase away a potential husband of Emily’s in order to keep her under his control. After Mr. Grierson died Emily still was affected by the way she had been brought up that she still couldn’t have a normal relationship with another person. When she lost her father it was devastating to her because he was such a big part of her life, it was a hole that would...
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