In the exhilarating and gloomy “The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll,” Jean Nathan exposes the emotional journey that Dare Wrights experienced as she grew up in a dysfunctional home where Divorce and separation of her family damaged her drastically. Gordon Berlin an Executive vice president of MDRC, a unique nonpartisan social policy research and demonstration organization said “children who grow up in an intact, two-parent family with both biological parents present do better on a wide range of outcomes than children who grow up in a single-parent family.”(Berlin) Having lived a vulnerable, and abnormal childhood, and an extremely dependent life; Dare Wright was motivated to do whatever she could to escape the depressing reality of her life through her art work.
Before the divorce of her parents, Dares father, Ivan was never home. Due to financial his financial struggles, Ivan spent days, weeks and sometimes months away from his family bouncing from one job to another, trying to make a living for him and his family. During that time Dares mother, Edie was taking care of Dare and her younger brother Blain. 9 years after their disappointing marriage, Ivan cheated on Edie, and they were separated. Thanks to Edie’s manipulative ways, “by default…Ivan took responsibility of his son blain; he was also restrained from interfering with her [Edie] and dare.”(Nathan 38)
The separation of Dares family was extreme. Edie was forced to travel more and work long hours to provide for her and Dare. This caused her to be away from Dare for long periods of time. At one point of dares childhood, “Edie had been away for eight months, Dare, not yet five, to wonder if she would ever be reclaimed.” (Nathan 45).
Slowly but surely signs of Dares vulnerability began to demonstrate. Dare felt as if her mother’s love was conditional. “If Dare Spoke, it was only t to compliment her mother, to please and appease her, efforts to keep her mother’s anger
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