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Unformatted text preview: Through Mom and Dad's fight and Mom's attitude toward teaching, Walls exposes the contradictions in her parents' philosophies and provides deeper characterization of her sister, Lori. Whereas in earlier sections, Mom and Dad expounded upon the value of self-sufficiency, the stories in these sections show that they are not able to live up to these values. First, Dad loses his job and while he tries to paint the loss as a hopeful event, it is clear it bothers him that he is unable to provide for himself and his family. Dad's despair manifests itself in his regular absence from home and his anger at Mom's suggestion that they borrow money from her mother, which adds to his feeling of inadequacy. Through Dad's inability to face his own demons, Walls shows that Dad's audacity and vivacious character is dependent on his ability to provide for his family. When that ability is gone, he vivacious character is dependent on his ability to provide for his family....
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- Fall '08