Analyzing Lauren Kavanaugh's 'The Girl In The Closet'

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Olivia Farrell
Dr. King
English 114
11 October 2015
The Girl in the Closet In Texas, the fall of 1996, Lauren Kavanaugh, a three year old, was taken away from her adoptive parents and she was given back to her biological mother and stepfather. Lauren was separated from her siblings and put into a locked closet which became her home for the next five years. Lauren was physically, mentally, and emotionally abused by her mother and step-father. She was only allowed to eat what was in the closet. In 2001, when Lauren was eight, she was rescued. Lauren is now 21 years old, and she told her story to the media. Children are being abused every day. The Inquisitr News took the more factual approach in writing Lauren’s story. They used headings to
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His opinion was obvious based on the title he chose for the article. The title was Child Sex Slave Locked in Wardrobe and Repeatedly Raped for Five Years. This showed his opinion because the reader already knows how he felt about this issue. It was the only article that calls Lauren a “child sex slave.” He also showed opinion when he repeated part of the title in his article by saying Lauren was used as a sex slave to satisfy her parents’ twisted desires (Jackson-Edwards). In the article Jackson-Edwards also let his opinion be known of how he felt about Lauren’s parents. Again he was the only one to call her parents “evil pedophiles.” Jackson-Edwards showed that he obviously felt hatred towards Lauren’s parents. In using the words, “sex slave,” and “evil pedophiles,” he stated more than just the facts. He let the reader know how he felt. The reader will then be more likely to feel those emotions as well. This is good because it will make the reader want to learn more and they will keep listening to find…show more content…
The first possible blame was on the birth mother’s relatives. They saw Lauren when she came over and believed the story that she had an eating disorder (“Girl in the Closet”). The author wanted the reader to think that the relatives could have prevented some of Lauren’s abuse if they paid more attention. Lauren’s siblings were also blamed by the author. They knew of the abuse and sometimes snuck her food. However, they were too afraid of their mom to do anything to help their sister. If the siblings would have told someone, Lauren’s abuse might have been shortened. The reporter also cast blame upon Child Protective Services. They had been called by neighbors, but CPS left when Lauren was forced to tell them she was fine. Kim Higgins, a CPS caseworker, stated, “There was never a time we went out and saw the kids and saw the home, and talked to them, and failed to do something. The failure was really on everyone else in these kids’ lives.” The reporter wants us to believe that the case workers could have dug deeper and not have given up so easily. No matter who was to blame, the reporter chose a unique perspective in writing this
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