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Summary Of Stein's Critique Of Family Dynamics

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Stein first critiques the family dynamic by shifting perspectives on the past to note the fragility of the family structure. Stein explains, the American tradition is one “it has taken barely sixty years to create. We need only realize our parents, remember our grandparents and know ourselves and our history is complete” (1739). Stein portrays the American tradition as young and reliant on familial connection, therefore shifting readers’ perspectives on the past of a family. This shift reconsiders the center of the American family structure as something fragile because it’s components, age and family relationships, can both be weak. Stein furthers this critique by sharing an anecdote. “An angry man dragged his father along the ground through
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