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.
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