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Vollaro Victoria Vollaro Professor Calo English 1201 BF 19 October 2007 Escape From Reality… and Your Family? To give a definition of what reality is would be impossible. Everyone has their own distinctive characterization of reality. Barbara Kingsolver looks at her “Family of Dolls” concept in her essay “Stone Soup” as fictional (305), whereas to others, the idea of a “Mom, Dad, Sis, and Junior,” (305) might be the epitome of real life. In her essay, Kingsolver mentions the notion of a broken household as a function household several times. She points out that divorce, nowadays in America, is looked at as uncommon and a “lazy way out of marital problems” (306). In her essay, “The Plug-In Drug,” Marie Winn compares destructive substances to the addiction people have with television (532). She makes valid statements about the way television tears the public away from their duties and families. Like any other addiction, once you start it’s nearly impossible to break. Both authors realize that from time to time, people need to take a break from life and drift into their own world, but only one brings the real problem to the reader’s attention. When an addiction to a fantasy world neglects the relationship between a person and their family, is the moment when the actual crisis arises (Winn, 532). Winn’s essay transpires this problem in a coherent and logical manner, hence making it a better choice for an anthology on family and gender studies. Family is something many people either have or desire. Most people take the idea of family very seriously and would do anything for the people they love and expect the 1
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Vollaro same in return. There are the select few people who have an excellent family, but distance themselves from their adoring roots with drugs, alcohol, and sometimes, things as innocent as television. Winn states in her essay, “It weakens relationships by reducing and sometimes eliminating normal opportunities for talking, for communicating” (532). The clear meaning behind Winn’s words suggests that television tears families apart. Just about every family that owns a television has witnessed an argument over what to watch on television in the family room, at one time or another. The solution often ends up with the children storming into their separate rooms and the parents flipping back and forth to the shows they each want to watch, inevitably breaking a family apart for the evening.
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