English_P7_Synthesis_Essay - Adamick 1 Michael Adamick Ms Greva Junior English Period 7 2 March 2020 Influence of Family and Social Class on Teens

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Adamick 1 Michael Adamick Ms. Greva Junior English Period 7 2 March 2020 Influence of Family and Social Class on Teens Teenagers are often the most stressed out group of people. The transition from childhood to adulthood can be a tough one for some facing new challenges and difficult decision making life brings. However this transition can reveal a great deal about adolescence behavior based on upbringing and how teens are affected by different situations and experiences. Teen’s experiences when young shape adulthood. The complexities of class with which teens grapple, and the influence of family on adolescents can have both a negative impact as well as detrimental effects on teenagers’ lives. The first motif, complexities of class with which teens handle, measures teens’ ability to handle themselves in a certain social class. Is the teen a snobby rich kid who can do whatever or a poor sad teen who worries about where the next meal will come from? This motif is quite evident in chapter one of the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In chapter one Nick Carraway just moved into a very small house in between two millionaires. Nick calls his one house an eye score because what it is surrounded by. Nick accepts it convincing himself of still being self worthy living there and grateful that he can live in such a nice area. “ I lived at West Egg, the – well, the least fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season. The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard …
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Adamick 2 My own house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor's lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires—all for eighty dollars a month” (Fitzgerald 13). Nick’s point is getting to live near millionaires. Nick’s joking, but this is the same logic that makes teens buy designer sunglasses, teens may not be able to afford the actual clothes, but still get to have a little reflected glamour.
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