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In The Fifth Child Lessing contrasts societys idea of an ideal family to the real dysfunctional family in our everyday lives Harriet and Davids dream was to have the ideal family They made the mistake of setting standards too high for themselves and putting a front of an ideal family which was just a cover for the real dysfunctional one People in society tend to believe that the ideal family is what life is all about They believe that as long as they can obtain the ideal family this will bring them happiness The reality is that this perfect family structure isnt obtainable Bridget for instance comes from a dysfunctional family and goes to stay with Harriet and Davids family to get a taste of their ideal family Even the family realizes that Bridget longs for this feeling of family togetherness Bridget has to be told by you hat she is welcome She does not realize that Harriet and Davids ideal family is just a picture they painted so others could believe this it is ideal The picture they painted is of a big house lots of kids and big family parties This doesnt necessarily mean that this is a happy familyDavid comes from what is thought of as the ideal family He had everything anyone could ever ask for Although his parents were divorced no one was ever around for him and he set himself in solitude My room-that was home The ideal family that turned out to be the dysfunctional family is what this is all about The idea of a perfect family is the dream of a dysfunctional family Harriet has a strong belief in this also she and Davids dreams create her ideas of the ideal family Their dreams and wishes are irrational they are what they want in life Dorothy describes Harriet as having eyes bigger than her stomach Harriet wants more than what she can handle She
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