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Throughout my life I have had excellent guidance and influences particularly from my parents They have guided me to be the young man I am today However it doesnt have to be parents that shape a person It could be a number of things such as friends teachers and maybe even a role model that you have never met before but no matter what someone in everyones life has influenced them somehow In the four stories Antidisestablishmentarism Number One My Brother Gary Gilmore and Winter Dreams someone in the main character of each story influenced their life somehow Therefore this paper will explain how people are shaped by the attitudes of the friends and family that surround themOne might think How much power does an individual have over who they become Well in the story Number One Nelson the main character Is very effected by her fathers influence on her life Nelsons father expected the most out of her However in doing so he would give her a negative gesture the middle finger and in unison tell her to become Number One Nelson didnt quite understand what her father meant by this was it a positive statement or a negative one Therefore all throughout Nelsons life she never quite knew whether she achieves this Number One stature of her fathers mind Even when she had reached a very high level being a head journalist for the Washington post she still never knew if she had reached this state of her fathers mind On the other hand in the story Antidisestablishmentarism there was definitely a negative influence on the main characters lifeThe main character Gayle Pemberton as a child was put down by her grandmother All throughout her life she was basically taught that the black society was always put down and never given a fair chance For example one day while Gayle was watching the television she saw a black person on a particular program
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