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Reviving Ophelia 1 Running head: REVIVING OPHELIA: SAVING THE SELVES OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS: A BOOK REPORT Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls A Book Report Danielle N. Frakes February 28, 2008 Kansas State University
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Reviving Ophelia 2 Reviving Ophelia: A Book Report The author of Reviving Ophelia , Mary Pipher discusses the root systems of families in chapter four. A family root system is a system in which a person grew up in that played a role in shaping them into the person they will or have become. In the chapter, Pipher discusses the life of Jody who grew up in a conservative household with authoritarian parents where her dad is the primary moneymaker for the household, her mom is loving and nurturing, and her and her siblings play sports, attend church, and focus on being positive, respectful children that follow rules and do what is right. Pipher goes on in the chapter explaining Jody’s feeling of being protected, but being able to be strong. In regards to parents being protective of their children, she says that, [“Parents set limits to keep their daughter safe, while daughters talk about their rights and resent what they see as their parents efforts to keep them young.” (p. 81) ] This quote allowed me to think back of how my parents set rules to keep me safe as a kid. As the youngest child of my family, I was expected to learn from my older brother’s mistakes. I felt as if my parents set their standards higher for me than they did for my brother since I saw him suffer the consequences by having to deal with our dad, one that is much like Jody’s dad who makes the money, sets the rules, and has high expectations of us. Before transferring to a predominately white high school my brother’s junior year, he was dealing with racial issues at school where he would be teased and ridiculed and he would be in fights and often suspended. He had poor grades and could not manage to stay on the wrestling team. After switching schools his grades increased and his social life on the weekends consisted of drinking. Our parents always warned us what would happen if we came home with any sign of alcohol on our breath. My dad and brother would constantly argue and fight about the times he came in late, the grades he earned on his test, or the times he did not call to inform our parents of where he
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Reviving Ophelia 3 would be since he was probably too drunk to remember. The occurrences with my brother alerted my parents that they would need to keep strict tabs on my social life, school life, and work life while I was in high school. I developed into the person I am today because of my parent’s strict conduct that they set for me. Beginning my freshmen year in high school I was on the basketball team, softball team, honor roll, and in a few organizations. My parents had strict rules that I had to follow such as being home on the weekends by 11:30, calling when I got home after school at 3:30, keeping them up to date with my grades weekly, keeping a part time job, maintaining at least a 3.0, and
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course FSHS 350 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '08 term at Kansas State University.

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