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Barbara Kingsolvers book High Tide in Tucson Essays from Now or Never is a collection of twenty-five different essays They do not seem connected to each other at the first sight but in reality a few major themes such as parenting motherhood family life and nature connect them together Several of the essays contain a critique of different aspects in the US culture on which the author focuses For my writing I chose four of those essays High Tide in Tucson Stone Soup Somebodys Baby Civil Disobedience at Breakfast in which Kingsolver wrote about parenting in America In my essay I will try to explain how the author connected her essays with the critique of this aspect and what the nature of her critique isIn the first part of my essay I would like to write about the relationship between parents and their children Lets see what she wrote about the American parents way of education their children In her essay Somebodys Baby she wrote that the American culture tended to regard children as a sort of toxic-waste product a necessary evil100 a mistake that should not be rewarded102 People do not respect children and when the children grow up they do not want to respect the elders When I was studying in ESL 110D class we talked with my teacher about respect Before I thought that Americans do not respect their elders Thanks to my teacher who explained to me that America is the nation that loves its independence People do not help much their elders because they do not want to be deprived of the independence from their elders and also elders do not want to cause problems to their youth In other words young people respect their elders but in different ways than we do It is very hard to understand people with the different cultural background and accept their points of view But it becomes easier when we learn something about
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