His mother is a drug and alcohol addict and struggles to make money. Kel has to make money in the family and the roles between parent and child are switched. To cope with the burden, he plays baseball and wants to become a professional baseball player. This brings another burden because he wants to become a baseball player but he knows that he has to care for his mother. Similarly, because he doesn’t have a real family of his own, he tries to search for a family and home. When he learns that Arthur is his father, he finally finds who his dad is and has a family.
Moreover, Charlene’s burden is to drugs and alcohol. She wants to be a good parent, but because of her addiction, she cannot. This is shown when Charlene asks Arthur to tutor her son showing that she wants to help but she can’t do it herself. This burden creates a dysfunctional family and a bad environment for her son where Kel has to take care of her. In the end she cannot stand the burden and the stress so she suicides by overdosing.
In conclusion, all of these examples show how having someone to share a burden greatly increases happiness. When you keep your burden to yourself, it is almost impossible to be happy and makes you feel like a bomb just waiting to explode. In the end, Arthur and Kel come together and finds friendship in one other to remove their