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Growing up with an alcoholic father is not very easy for anybody especially a ten year old boy in the heartland of America This is the situation for Scott Russell Sanders He had to live with an alcoholic father for his entire life In his good-night kiss we smelled the cloying sweetness of Clorets the mints he chewed to camouflage his dragons breath Sanders P 424 as you can see this was a very traumatic experience for him Throughout Sanders experience he was not alone He had a younger brother and sister Since Sanders was the oldest though he felt more responsible for his fathers condition At such a young age he did not know the difference between a disease and a disappointment Sanders felt that in order for his father to feel better he must do everything perfect for his father thus to not upset him Through hard work relentless work I would achieve something dazzling-in the classroom on the basketball court in the science lab in the pages of books-and my achievement would distract the worlds eyes from his humiliation Sanders p 433 For a young boy who did not know any better he states guilt burned liked acid through my veins Sanders p 433 Fortunately Sanders father was not a violent drunk occasionally a threat would be thrown out on the table but never acted upon Sanders mother was usually the one to take the brunt of Greeleys drunkenness She would accuse him of drinking and of course he Greeley would deny what she is claiming After he heard enough he would leave He always did come back a day or a week later but each time there was a sliver less of him Sanders p 429 Eventually there came a time when Greeley out did himself He collapsed at his house due to not only his liver failing but also his kidneys and heart After weeks in the hospital doctors
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