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The Importance of Family in The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A FAMILY

Having a loving family is something that no child should live without. A loving family helps shape your personality, and also helps instil good decision making in you. They also act as your support system, when you are going through hard times. Lastly, they teach you about your heritage and culture, this helps create a sense of belonging. These are just a few reasons why having a loving family is something every child should have. This theme is shown through THE FARMING OF BONES written by Edwidge Danticat.

A supportive family helps shape your personality and instils good decision making in you. In THE FARMING OF BONES the main character Amabelle was abandoned by her family when she was
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In this quote said by Mama Bena she basically tells Amabelle that she will never be anything and that she is a idiot for bring a child into her life “I don’t know why my husband ever thought that bringing in a street child would be a good idea. You will never be anything. Your family abandoned you for a reason you are worthless! And know you bring in a child. I pray that child doesn’t turn out like you” (Chapter 8. 167-168). Amabelle began to prostitute herself in order to support herself and her child. If Amabelle had a supportive family she wouldn’t have had to sleep on the street and prostitute herself in order to take care of her daughter.

Lastly, a loving family helps teach you about your heritage and culture, this helps create a sense of belonging. Amabelle’s adoptive family was Dominican and she was Haitian. When Amabelle’s adoptive family would celebrate a traditional Spanish occasion they would bring Amabelle along but she always knew that she wasn’t wanted. These celebrations would emphasize the importance of family. Amabelle would feel left out because she was Haitian and had a darker skin color then her adoptive family. When other relatives would come they would treat her like she was the maid. Amabelle meets a Haitian fortune teller who becomes a motherly figure for her. She helped teach Amabelle about traditional Haitian activities like voodoo. In this quote Amabelle speaks on how she
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