my mom and i shared the same husband Essay

Submitted By atita95
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I disliked this article, “My mom and I share the same husband” by ‘Abigail Haworth’ because the concept of this story portrayed in the article had disgusted me. Though, this story did encourage me to sympathise towards the daughter, Orola Nalbot and see the cultural diversity. The description of Orola’s situation was an eye opening scenario for me and made me dig further into their traditions and cultures. While reading, it occurred to me how the rest of the western world still isn’t exempt from these situations. It tells me how culture and traditions can stop you from participating in certain events where you just want to be a normal girl and do the things which you may desire. Judging by Orola I saw how she didn’t have the childhood life style where a wide state of imagination is seen and acknowledged during the time. I feel sadness when I see her as I realise how I was able to have a wonderful childhood but there are some children out there that don’t know what a real childhood life is. They are taught from a very young age the roles of being an adult. I never thought there would be people out there who are willingly ready to take one important thing from a child which they deserve and that is ‘freedom’.
One incident from the article which I responded to was when Orola said, “I wanted to run away when I found out”. Orola’s statement justifies how she was completely against the idea of marriage when she was at the age of 13. Especially, when her husband is to be her step-father and Orola must share him with her mother. Looking at Orola’s situation, it makes me think how fortunate I am as my parents decided to educate me instead of leading me down the road to child marriage. Orola’s statement made me think that during the past years these traditions have become so common for those women, even if they wanted to educate themselves or have a better childhood it would be difficult for them. This raised the bar of giving up or letting go of their dreams. If we compare Orola’s situation to today’s world, we can see where society has completely changed and now women are equally allowed to vote and receive a proper education. It shows how women are slowly dominating and taking themselves to the next level. We can see how they are stepping up for themselves and not letting people shut them down. Despite the fact, some traditions are still present for e.g. (Orola’s life) we can see how they induce or bully them into child marriage which is mostly against their own will. Though the world is changing some disruptive traditions do not tend to leave and could potentially put the stop to a great childhood just like Orolas’. This made me think how much freedom we have and yet we complain over the smallest things yet nobody asked Orola what her life was like until a journalist entered her life.
Another incident from the article which I responded to was when Orola became alienated from her friends. Orola