Family Unhappiness

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Brandon Carter
February 3rd
ENC1101: Paper One
Families & Many Roots to Unhappiness

Whether a model family including a father, mother, daughter living in a white picket fence home surrounded by carbon copies or two recently married women planning to adopt no family is flawless. Every individual family varies, there is no definition of perfect, all that matters is overall happiness. There are many things that contribute against this well-being such as, concealment, neglect, disagreement, antagonism, and finances.

"The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep," said novelist E. W. Howe. Before a child becomes a teen parents fabricate authenticity, whether it is large, like a parent not choosing to tell them they are adopted, or small, where they tell them Santa Claus flies reindeer around the world overnight bringing them presents along the way. After that said child is grown they learn the trade of fiction this is damaging to their future. If they are raised on a foundation of falsehood they will lead a life deception.

From the day their child is born a parents duties as a mentor begin, they may feed their child but kids need more than that; parents have obligations to be there for their children in times of need. Neglecting those obligations will lead to a kid with no sense of direction; during that abandonment a child may go to television for a source of alleviation, this will lead to more despair because they will see families that are happy but much different than theirs. For instance, in "Looking for Work," by Gary Soto, he watches a family act differently than his and strives to be equivalent. A paternal figures are absolutely needed in a minor's life, not necessarily the blood parents just someone that they can rely on for support while growing up.

Disagreement is going to happen every day but the way a family deals with them shows if they are truly happy or unhappy. If you love...
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