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Each piece of work contains numerous types of trauma One particular traumatic event each book entails is the excessive abuse of alcohol Alcoholism greatly effects the lives of both Mary and Frank which causes them a childhood of hardships emotional distress danger and fear similar yet different A similarity evident in both autobiographies is financial situations alcoholic parent childs involvement loss of children music as well as distant fathers The gender of the alcoholic parent poverty instability type of child loss type of music and location of the fathers are differences noted among both Angelas Ashes and Liars ClubAs noted in Kate Douglas Contesting Childhood trauma is defined as from the Greek meaning wound and refers to the self-altering even self-shattering experience of violence injury and harm Trauma may be a new wound or the opening up of an old wound 107 Mary Karrs Liars Club violence injury and harm stem from Charlies alcohol addiction compared to Frank McCourts Angelas Ashes father Alcohol greatly impacts both financial standings in each family In regards to alcohol and family the moneys first priority is alcohol For example in The Liars Club Charlie inherits her mothers money when her mother sadly passes away Instead of placing the money in a college fund for her two daughters Mary and Lecia she purchases The Long Horn Bar in Antelope The Long Horn Bar becomes more of a home for Charlie then a business investment She spends her nights sleeping on the couch to waking up and having an alcoholic beverage to prevent her from having the shakes As time progresses Charlie has spent all her money on alcohol and is left with nothing but debt and an ex-husband Charlies priorities are alcohol then family which benefits no one but herself Charlie is using alcohol as an escape as well as a coping mechanism for the emotional distress that has occurred in her lifeCompared to Charlies financial
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