`` Happy Families Are All Alike : What Consequences Do These Situations Breed?

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“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy. What is a relationship that does not succeed in performing its appropriate function? What consequences do these situations breed? Is it possible that this type of scenario can notably enhance the entertainment value of a story? This concept boils down to two individual ideas; emotional support, and effective communication. Unless you are the type of person who binge-watches the Hallmark channel, nobody wants to read about a pleasant family where everyone gets along and there is no conflict. Watching paint dry, or grass grow is far more interesting. There is something compelling and fascinating about dysfunctional families in literature. Whether it 's because they 're a welcome escape from your own familial situation, or whether it 's because one possesses the “can 't-look-away” allure of an impending train wreck, dysfunctional families make for great reading material. Aside from the books that we have read in conjunction with the class, there is one particular literary work that personally stands out due to its overwhelming theme of excessive dysfunctionality. “The Baudelaires” in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events are an orphan family that seems undeniably prone to disaster. However, it is this very concept that allows the reader to both sympathize with the characters, as well as join them on their many absurd adventures. Another example of literary

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