Reasonable Discipline: A Literary Examination

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Charles Foran’s “Kids R Hell” presents an array of experts’ analysis on parenting values concerning child discipline (with Foran’s input on the inaccuracy of each one). He postulates, “To approach every disciplinary decision with the thought that it may prove permanently injurious to your child's wellbeing or your own self-worth is to invite madness into your house.” Ridiculing parents who condemn ever physically punishing children, Foran espouses that a slap on the face when a child misbehaves displays severe implausibility of traumatizing that child or labeling the parent as a child abuser; in addition, he finds the notion of never using corporal punishment preposterous and a sure way not to succeed in disciplining children. Of course,…show more content…
Didato’s inference on how Okonkwo’s employment as a successful farmer—and, therefore, a powerful and masculine man—causes him to create the same expectations for his son partially accounts for their dysfunctional relationship; Okonkwo’s bigotry accounts for the other half. Iguedo (the village Okonkwo inhabits) receives two sacrifices from a neighboring clan, a young man and a virgin, to compensate for the murder of a daughter from Iguedo. Ikemefuna, the young man, stays in Okonkwo’s household, where he indirectly bestows Nwoye with the opportunity to communicate (without fear) with his father. However, when Okonkwo returns to his household after partaking in the murder of the sacrifice, “a vague chill had descended on [Nwoye] and his head had seemed to swell, like a solitary walker at night who passes an evil spirit on the way” (62). The murder of Ikemefuna decimates the chance of Nwoye and Okonkwo having any form of closeness, especially because Nwoye—having grown up and acquired intelligence and insight—senses evil in Okonkwo. Because Okonkwo tenaciously refuses to express his feelings of remorse (to him, masculinity triumphs morality), the damage imposed on their relationship has no way of fixing itself. His self-absorbed mind fails to realize that Nwoye sees him in a different light; Didato elaborates that parents “are often oblivious to the most important signals of
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