In these sections, Walls exemplifies how both her parents' selfish behavior affects her and her siblings and thus builds on the theme of hypocrisy. First, Dad's selfishness is evident through his increased absence from the family and his request for Jeannette to stitch his arm up. By leaving the family for days at a time to go on drinking binges, Dad forgoes his parental duties and plunges his family into more frequent bouts of hunger. Additionally, by asking his daughter to stitch his wound, he ignores how deeply such a task bothers her and, instead of seeing this incident as a sign he should reform his ways, he returns to his routine of binge drinking the next night. Thus Dad increasingly becomes a hypocritical figure: someone who espouses values of independence and self-sufficiency, yet who is more and more incapable of fulfilling these ideals. Readers should watch how Dad's
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