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Unformatted text preview: In Section 19 demonstrates the influence of gender roles on Dad's behavior and how his actions influence the three oldest children. Once Mom becomes the sole provider for the family, Dad is unable to redefine his role in the family, so he insists on continuing to manage the finances. Mom is unable to skillfully resist him, resorting to weak subterfuge by handing Jeannette a sock full of cash in front of Dad. Through Mom and Dad's handling of their new roles, Walls illustrates how much traditional gender roles influence Mom and Dad, despite their free-spirited ways. Dad cannot abide any loss of control over the family and Mom cannot take control of it. Thus, Dad is forced into making a show of masculine bravado to assure himself of his manhood as demonstrated through his arrival at the school with a bag of groceries and his exhibition of sexuality in front of...
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- Fall '08