Analysis Of The Book Falling Leaves : The Memoir Of An Unwanted Chinese Daughter By Adeline Yen Mah

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Many people influence their social interactions based on how they make decisions about what actions to take, the concept referred to as the five pattern variable which comes from Structural functionalism theory. In the autobiography Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter author, Adeline Yen Mah illustrates various scenarios from her life where the five pattern variable concept is. The Yen family is significantly impacted by the structural functionalism theory throughout their lives by the five pattern variable, which has the ability to negatively or positively affect each members functioning.
Joseph Yen, Adeline’s father fits the category of ascription vs. achievement perfectly, he believed that what he achieved was more important than the people around him. Thus affecting his relationships with his family members. Mr. Yen strived to earn the greatest amount of money possible, expanding his business endeavor’s whenever possible. He was smart in business, but lacked in the parenting department, paying all attention to his young wife Niang and feeding her spending habits. When they wed, not only was Niang gave a large diamond ring, but a necklace, bracelet, and earrings to adorn herself with (Yen Mah, 1997, pgs.18, 19). Achievement took precedent within their family values Adeline’s father paid attention to his children when it benefitted him, but not when it was most needed by them. While attending The Sacred Heart Covenant School and Orphanage Adeline

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