desires because they seem to have a lot of hostility towards white people, and feel that they will never be fully accepted by them, so there is no point in even trying. 2. In the beginning of the short story, the narrator appears cheery and carefree in his pursuit of work, but really deep down his work seems to be an effort for him to conform to the material that he watches on TV. By the end of the story it seems that he has changed his outlook on work to be a way to enjoy himself as opposed to a way to fit in. He is being himself, and is not constantly looking to the acceptance of white people, but rather is content with himself, and sees work as potential opportunities. 3. Soto’s reflection of his nine year old self’s perspective sheds light on how closely knit his family was, and how his family was indeed just as much of a model family as those that he would watch on TV. Soto’s verbiage illustrates a healthy and fun-loving family dynamic that does not seem to be in need of repair at all. His mother jokes around with the children, the children all lie in their blankets together, and they spend most of their
dinner laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Soto can now see that his family was a “good” one, and needed no changes at all. “The Color of Family Ties” This article delves into the issue of how race affects family relations. The article shows graphical evidence to support the fact that race plays a role in family relations, but this is mainly because of the very direct correlation between race and economic standing. The poorer people are more likely to ask extended family for help on issues such as rides, living situations, and taking care of children, while the wealthier are more likely to offer each other advice, and share large sums of money with each other. The wealthier families seem to rely mostly on the nuclear family, while the poorer rely more on the extended families in general. This is to fulfill financial needs, and provides them with a bigger support system. It also goes into detail about the link between the strength of the nuclear family and strength of the extended family. The article says that
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