Research Paper On Mother Daughter Relationships

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  • Educational Effects of Single Parenthood

    This 10 page paper provides a hypothetical case study of a mother raising a daughter in 1980s Camden, New Jersey. The daughter's history is traced through the educational system from birth through college. The case is evaluated sociologically and several environmental factors are determined to have been detrimental to the educational success of the child. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

    ( 5 pp.) Thesis: Sons and Lovers, is an excellent title for D.H. Lawrence's 1913 story of an unaware mother's emotional enmeshment with her youngest son. This is the story of a family with four children: three sons and one daughter. We see how the family inter-relates to each other, particularly a mother to her sons. We are also shown how interdependency becomes an entangled web between an unaware mother and her youngest son. We will look at those relationships in light of our thesis, how a mother chooses to give more value to her needs than that of her son.

  • Food and Parent and Daughter Relationships in Camryn Manheim's Wake Up, I'm Fat and Marya Hornbacher's Wasted Compared

    This is a 5 page paper comparing the parental relationships found in Marya Hornbacher’s book “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia” and Camryn Manheim’s book and one woman play “Wake Up, I’m Fat”. Marya Hornbacher’s book “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia” and Camryn Manheim’s book and one woman play “Wake Up, I’m Fat” show two different perspectives in regards to parental reactions and complications to the weight gain or loss of their daughters. In Hornbacher’s “Wasted”, she explains how her mother remained reserved about her condition and claimed to be ignorant of her problem until well into her teens because of her daughter’s ability for “deceit”. Her father, who was much more emotional, became dependent on Hornbacher during his disputes with her mother. Neither parent seemed to focus on Hornbacher’s inner plea of “Look at me, look at me” and Hornbacher still feels vulnerable to her illness to this day. Manheim, on the other hand, has a positive fighting attitude and acceptance of her body weight and this is partially due to the support offered to her from her mother and her father. Her parents were hard on her and tried to bride her in order for her to lose weight in addition to taking her to numerous doctors and specialists at a young age. The difference however, lay in their concern and support of their daughter’s condition and attention to her weight gain became a cause of their own. In addition, her parents taught her the importance of fighting for others and the strength needed to do this which aided Manheim in fighting for herself. Manheim’s work remains humorous and positive in her overall acceptance of her weight and her appreciated support of her parents. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • 'The Horse Dealer's Daughter' by D.H. Lawrence and the Theme of Control

    A 5 page paper which takes a particular scene in D.H. Lawrence's "The Horse Dealer's Daughter" and examines how it compares to relationships in the story. The scene involves the narrator's examination of horses, and how they may have little personality of their own and are driven and controlled by the individual with the reins. The paper examines this perspective and relates it to various characters, examining whether they have control or not. No additional sources cited.

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