She exposes her feelings passionately to her brother

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at home. She exposes her feelings passionately to her brother, telling him she “hates thinking about [the past]” and how she can only “pretend so well.” Although she feels like she is finally moving on from the miserable Virginia life, she worries that changes in life will bring about forget. And this forget would bring a terrible sense of guilt, when Lis should remember and appreciate her mother’s strive for her children’s’ comfort. Dean writes in response with the confidence that Lis needs. He writes with a fire as if he is trying to avenge their mother’s death. He acknowledges how his stubbornness refuses to let him blend in to the “white trash” crowd. It is an ironic situation, he wants to voice his opinion and “end wealth and poverty for everyone,” yet he cannot address the people he has so much distaste for. This personal struggle haunts Dean as it shows he cannot move on from his past until he addresses and overcomes its hardships. Despite this setback, he comes across as dependable.
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He guarantees Lis that they will win their struggle and avoid cowering from tiredness. This would be the ultimate letdown, because he believes that tiredness is what drove his fighting mother to death. Lis and Dean’s letters, although not directed towards the public, are noticeably moving. By exposing personal accounts to a vast audience, the intention to gain sympathy seems more innocent. The feelings of hatred, confusion, love, and persistence spilled into this essay undermines the thought that wealth brings happiness. Ultimately Dean’s response is bound to leave Lis coming to see her past’s reality. He teaches her that together, they can step over the obstacles that their past has left them. And displaying their story is bound to elicit considerate feelings from any audience.
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