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Egan Analysis

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Recently, it seems to have become common practice for female friends of mine to compare me to their significant others. The common factor discussed is generally a similar trait of our personalities that they deem noteworthy followed by a variation of the phrase “you are just like him”. However, the mistake is the implication that two separate entities that share similar qualities can be called equal. In fact, they are not. The shared qualities may seem similar, but they also could be perceived very differently from the individual in possession of that quality and result in different personalities. In this same regard, literary entities may share topics, but this shared topic is often brought about by different themes throughout the text and…show more content…
In the Sopranos Tommy’s wife and daughter undergo differences of opinion that put a strain on their relationship. The strain is shown after Carmela asks her daughter about an annual traditional she shares with her daughter and Meadow responds by saying, “Tell you the truth, I’ve felt it was dumb since I was eight. I just go because you like it” (Chase, Scene 48). The theme of a strained family bond is continued between Tommy and his mother. Tommy sees a retirement community as a way to look after his aging mother, while Livia sees it as her son’s attempt to place her in a nursing home (Scene 25). As the show is named after the main character’s family, the strained relationships between parent/child relationships plays a large part in the dynamic of the show. This is a shared theme in Egan’s characters Bennie and Lou. Bennie’s divorce with his ex-wife disconnects the relationship between him and his son. This causes Bennie to try and mend his relationship with his son by performing acts of rebellion against his ex-wife as shown in the quote, “…Bennie couldn’t resist the exquisite connection that came of defying his ex-wife in unison. Betrayal Bonding, Dr. Beet called this…” (Egan 24). Bennie’s attempt to connect with his son comes at the cost of his son’s relationship with his mother. The stressed relationship between Lou and his daughter Charlie is presented in an observation on page 64, “Structural Resentment: The adolescent daughter of a twice-divorced male will be unable to tolerate the presence of his new girlfriend, and will do everything in her limited power to distract him from said girlfriend’s presence, her own nascent sexuality being her chief weapon.”. The stress on the relationship between Lou and Charlie seems only to be exacerbated by the current conditions. These strained relationships reveal
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