Family Values Essay

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"Looking for Work," "What We Really Miss About the 1950's," and "An Indian Story" all refer to family life, and the family image. In "Looking for work" the narrator Gary Soto looks back at his childhood and recalls how he tries to transform his working-class Mexican family into an Anglo American family from a television show. "What We Really Miss About the 1950's" by Stephanie Coontz is an academic writing that analyzes the positive and negative sides of the 1950's. and "An Indian Story" by Jack Rogers, also a narrative, is about a Native American boy who left his house after his father remarried and went to live with his Aunt Greta. Gary Soto is very much influenced by the picture perfect families that he sees on television he wants to imitate them, he tries to convince his siblings to wear shoes to dinner and improve their appearance so that "white people would like us more." But gets no results. So Gary gets the idea of knocking on neighbours doors to make money off of doing errands, and he earns some money but later spends it to go swim with his friend, and sister, who both did not have the cost of admission, but Gary lends them both money, this shows us that he is a generous kid. When Gary and his sister got back home, "at dinner we all sat down in our bathing suits to eat our beans, laughing and chewing loudly." Television might have expanded Gary's visions and hopes, but it made him appreciate his family less. "What We Really Miss About the 1950's" by Stephanie Coontz starts off with a 1996 poll where more Americans chose the 1950's as the best time to start a family rather than any other decade. She talks about the ups and downs of this decade by stating facts and thinks its logical that the people who preferred the 1950's were not of any minorities in the U.S. In the 1950's wages grew, people were more content and looking forward to the future,
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