Teen Angst Essay

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Parents and teenagers have different opinions on a teenager’s life amongst their peers inflicting struggles in their relationship. Evidently, the book the Catcher in the Rye displays this differentiation of desires between a character named Holden and his parents. In the movie 10 things I hate about you Bianca struggles with her dad’s distrust, and Enid from Ghost world gets to much freedom from her dad that allows her to be herself; but makes the wrong decisions. It is known that the amount of understanding and support given to a teenager by their parent affects their personality and their behavior. Teens with more moral support from their parents tend to be happier than those who don’t. Parents and teens frequently differ in their ideas about acceptable behavior. These disputes create social obstacles amongst peers, avoidance of each other, and teenage frustration.

Parent’s desires for their children make it harder for teens to be acceptable amongst their peers. Holden’s parents are not willing to accept that he does not want to be part of a “preppy” high school. He states that, “ Practically the whole school except me was there and scrawny and faggy”(5). By sending him to a school where he doesn’t seem to fit in, it makes it harder for him to find common interests amongst peers. Bianca’s father is against her going to parties and dating boys unless her older sister Kat is too. This makes it more complicated for Bianca to keep up with her popular image, since she is expected to go to parties and date boys. Alertly Enid’s Father generally doesn’t care enough about her life and decisions; therefore the lack of attention changed her outlook on life. This made Enid make wrong decisions causing her to become more socially awkward and less acceptable amongst her peers. Parents’ restrictions or carelessness make teenagers become less acceptable by their peers, resulting into a worsened relationship between their parents.

The divergences between parents and...
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