Family Values

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Ezequiel Pagan Patrick Williams English 111 16 October 2014 Family Value and Truth Family in society is a social structure. Family plays a key role in human life because it can give people a sense of home, or a loving and supportive group. In most cases when people think of families they think of having a mom, dad, brother, sister. However, nothing in life is perfect. Today, we have separated , same sex, extended, and blended families. Society tries to explain these more contemporary families but has a harsh way of doing so. In the essay, Stone Soup, by Barbara Kingsolver, she discusses how society views families and in the essay, Family Values, by Richard Rodriguez, he talks about American family values. Both
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Kingsolver is a divorced woman and understands what society means by the phrase “a broken home”. She believes that having an extended family or divorced family opens up a door that leads to new things in the family. She uses the tale called “Stone Soup” to talk about how having a family is like having “a big empty pot”(Kingsolver 152) and about how when one adds new things to the pot it can lead to a happy family. Kingsolver uses the first person point of view to let the reader have a more personal connection to the essay. She allows the reader to know what she thinks and how she feels. She writes, “ I dare anybody to call this a broken home” (Kingsolver 147). The reader knows how emotional she is about the subject of broken homes. Also, the tone of the essay seems to be a hostile towards anyone who says that the family is a broken home. The diction of the essay uses both conversational and formal language to connect with and inform the reader. She uses words like “blended families” (Kingsolver 148) to introduce the reader to different family labels. She uses phrases like “bless their hearts” (Kingsolver 149) to be more conversational and motherly. Kingsolver uses anecdotes and imagery to help solidify her ideas. She remembers Andy’s soccer game and how the cheering family brings to life what a real family is. Kingsolver tries to persuade the reader that

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