First They Killed My Father

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First They Killed My Father
First They Killed My Father demonstrates that when people live in constant fear they begin to live only for themselves. Discuss, the constant fear, which is portrayed by the Ung family, is one which would push any person who experienced this to only fend for themselves, as it is the only way to survive. Human adaptability is clearly shown in the text through Pa's sense to become friendly with the chief and the base people, which is a source of procuring enough food for his family. The parents of teenagers understand that if the young women are not sent away the soldiers will have their way with them, no matter what, and if the young men are not sent away they will be forcefully conscripted into the Angkar army. Therefore the parents are unselfishly helping their offspring to survive, while placing their own lives at risk. The biggest rule that the Angkar enforce is that anything that you own, is the community's also. To survive, this rule needs to be broken, as there is not enough food

Ma and Pa weighed up the options and decided that they could see a future in their children and therefore sacrificed themselves to give their own flesh and blood a chance in the big, wide world. As the source of sustenance, dwindled Ma became more anxious and reckless in her quest for extra pabulum. Humans are compelled to pursue survival, it is the ultimate, and we need all the help of others to obtain this goal. She was too negligent to notice she had walked directly into a trap. Everyone realizes this and knows to hide any extra food they may have. That is how starvation will blind you and control your thoughts and impulses. This is not unlike parents nowadays sacrificing many privileges just to provide their progeny with a superb, prominent education. Pa understood the way that power hungry leaders worked, he knew that money, jewels and greed would pull strings and allow him extra food. Ma and Pa comprehend this as they force Khouy to marry early...
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