The Wild Girls Analysis

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Joan’s family life has almost always been tense. In the story The Wild Girls, Joan has to deal with what many children fear more than anything; unhappy parents going through tough times. She and her brother do become used to the constant fighting, but just because you’re used to something, doesn’t mean you like it. But as she learns, there were some upsides of these events, for example: how her writing got better, and how happy her family is without her dad. Joan came to realize that the challenges of watching her parents’ marriage unravel and split up was all to make her life better.

Joan had always wrote what would make her teachers happy, and never bothered to focus on what she wanted to write. But when she went to Verla Volante’s summer writing class, she began to write what she really felt, what she really meant. She realized through this process, just how her parents’ marriage was affecting her. She was resentful. She was frightened. She was melancholy. She wanted to run away from the father she viewed as a monster, and for good reason. Due to her parents always fighting each other, she unlocked some of her literary talent, that she never realized she had, since she used to write her stories from the head. With the help of Verla’s class, and the heated arguments of her mom and dad, she learned how to
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Not her father. With him out of the picture for the moment, Joan’s mother seemed so happy compared to the quiet, submissive, melancholy mask she wore at home to protect herself from her husband. These were some of the best moments of the story to read; since the general undertones of the whole book is negative. In those brief moments without having to think about her dad, and just thinking of the present, the good time she was having with her mother, everything was extremely pleasant to read. It just seemed…
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