What is Family? Guy Lafleur once said “When trouble comes, it's your family that supports you.” This is a simple yet powerful quote that expresses what family is all about. If a person hits a low point in life, their family will always be the first one to pick them back up and brush them off. However, in the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, one does not see a supporting family, but a dysfunctional family or a family that does not seem to care about one another. Sadly, a tragic ending is inevitable when a family does not support one another. The lack of support leading up to a family’s demise is apparent in the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” as a result of the father not standing up for his family, the children acting heartless, and the grandmother only caring about her appearance. A jellyfish seems to have more of a spine than the father, Bailey, in this story. His cowardliness is the main cause of the family’s death in the end of the story. His entire family is stuck with a criminal, The Misfit, and his two henchmen, Hiram and Bobby Lee, near a dirt road that is not frequently traveled. Knowing that this criminal is going to have his entire family killed, Bailey does nothing. He does not try to compromise with The Misfit nor does he try to fight him. Rather, he lets himself and his son be pulled into the woods to be shot. O’Connor states, “Hiram pulled Bailey up by the arm as if he were assisting an old man. John Wesley caught hold of his father’s hand and Bobby Lee followed. They went off toward the woods” (O’Connor 96) Not once does Bailey attempt to escape or plead with The Misfit to save the children. He is a rag-doll, and the henchmen carried him along. Perhaps if Bailey did do something, then some of his family might have been spared. He could have fought the three fugitives while his family ran. His cowardice ultimately caused his family’s demise. However, it is not just Bailey’s cowardice that causes the demise, the children's apathetic nature plays a small role as well. The children are not only rude to others, but they do not care about anything. They do not seem to care that they are surrounded by three fugitives. Also, the daughter, June Star, does not seem to be bothered when her father and brother are pulled into the woods. However, what really shows the apathetic nature of these children is what was is remarked after the accident had happened. O’Connor mentions, “‘But Nobody’s killed.’ June Star said with disappointment” (O’Connor 67) They both seem elated that there was an accident and upset that nobody had died. The callous nature of these children shows just how detached this family is. Any family that cared for one another would be checking to make sure everyone is alright after an accident. If these children showed the slightest amount of emotion, things might have ended differently. The family would not be as detached, and they would be more closely knit and watch out for one another. Despite the fact that the father is a coward and the children are apathetic, the grandmother’s interest in her appearance is yet another reason for the family’s ending. Throughout the story the grandmother refers to herself as a lady. She…
23 September 2014
Family is a basic unit in every society. However, family structure is
more complex considering all of the building blocks. There are many types of families, which makes it impossible to have one distinct definition. Some family structures include nuclear families, and single parent families. Parents deal with many challenges. Melissa Mayntz, “definition of family in its most basic term: “Family is a group of individuals who share…
TYPE:Extended Family RelationshipKIND:Strained/Dysfunctional- The Hamiltons own the land which the Delaney’s work a farm on. Both families are rivaling over inheritance of the land & farm. | - Lack of understanding and acceptance - Lack of connection & communication- Tension due to differences in locations, values, beliefs & attitudes- Physical separation / distance-Disagreements in the inheritance of the land/farm | William: “Maureen, what’s this got to do with you? …it’s my familys farm”Maureen:…
in question .
Assess the nature and extent of family diversity in society today? (24 Marks)
Family diversity is any different family type that deviates away from the nuclear family (Two generations under one roof. Other family types include single parent families, the extended family and many others.
Throughout our lives we will find ourselves in a variety of different family types, for example when we are born we are likely to be in a nuclear family. However as we get older we might move into one…
divorced families on aspects of the families romantic experiences: having a
romantic relationship, dating stage, influences within romantic relationships, and
romantic relationship quality. It’s predicted that adolescents from divorced
families would be more likely to have a romantic relationship at a young age, be
at a higher dating stage, experience more romantic influence, and have lower
romantic relationship quality than those from adolescents from intact families. It
Viewing the family in terms of fairly predictable features from formation to dissolution.
Looking at relationships formed by an individual in the course of their life.
Families where at least one of the adults has a child from a previous relationship.
Single parent family
Families headed by only one parent.
Same sex families
Families headed by adults of the same sex.
A family consisting of two generations (parents…
Trying to define what family means is a hard work. Everyone has his own point of view depending of their own experiences. The Journal of Marriage and Family define family as a relationship by blood, marriage, or affection.
It has been showed that family now a day in our modern society has changed the roles and responsibilities. Now we see more families broke, I think the stress in our lives has a lot of impact in this topic, because parents are worried more about the bills than their own child…
No one is complete without a family. For me a strong foundation for any individual comes from being with a supportive family. And Family is where we all belong to. I know that today days, it may be really hard for the whole family to go out together. In the past I can thank God for being part of a blessed family is one among the greatest gifts that we get in life. Now I have no clue where my family is?
Something I can never forget since I’m living in this country for like 2 years…
influential part of any culture, the family. Once you are able to comprehend a societies meaning of family, you will learn the different dynamics within in the families.
In African societies the “traditional family” can be categorized into three main categories;
* Polygyny: Where a husband his wives and their children form a compound family.
* Patrilineal: Where a group of brothers, sons, their wives, and their children form a joint family.
* Matrilineal: Where a group…
We Are Family
February 24, 2014
ENG091- English Review
Sentence Essay Rough Draft
Instructor: Debra Magnuson
We Are Family
Family is the cement the mends my life, keeps me grounded, and allows me to be a part of something greater than myself. Personally, my family has always been very close, we always look forward to spending time together. We have been there for one another throughout my whole life; I honestly cannot remember a time that we did not get along.…