Essay about The Courage of Soldiers- Pauline Nguyen pg.291-296

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1. Describe the life of Pauline and her siblings.
Pauline and her siblings lived a life filled with fear. She was taught at a very young age about the challenges that her parents had gone through in order for her and her sibling to lead a better life. Pauline and her siblings faced physical abuse from their demanding and controlling father. Only the letter ‘A’ was accepted on their school report caard… anything below that deserved a wack with a stick from their abusive father.

2. Make a list of the pressures the children in the Ngyuen family faced growing up with their parents.
• Worked at the restaurant before and after school
• Had to attend maths school, Vietnamese school, cooking school, debating and martial arts.
They were
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Because of this constriction it is also hard for them to find a sense of belonging because they are constantly trying to please their parents.
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5. Provide several quotes and page that show clearly how Pauline felit living with her parents.
• “Fear dominated every day of my childhood. Fear and dog shit covering the yard were the smells of my childhood.” Pg. 292
• “He had never attempted to get to know or understand his children.” Pg. 294
• “My father controlled every hour of our day and when any situation fell out of his control, we suffered the full force of his anger.” Pg. 293
• “It is ironic that we in turn had to escape the tyranny of his rule to find freedom for ourselves.” Pg. 294

6. Describe how Pauline might have felt when she ran away from home. What thoughts would have been going through her mind?
Pauline might have felt scared, unsure and frightened when she ran away from home. She would have been worried for her brothers, who is going to look after them? What will happen if her dad finds her? Can she do this? Feelings of doubt would have taken over her but she overcame this and decided to finally do something for herself.
7. What do you think of Pauline’s decision to leave home?
I think Pauline’s decision to leave home was the right thing to do. She had to get out of there sooner or later. She had to

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