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The father-child connection proves to be a very important component to a childs psyche growing up A child nurtured in a caring loving and affectionate environment will most likely be provided with the physiological and emotional support needed to become a well-rounded individual A child nurtured in an abusive and negative environment will most likely carry the emotional scars for the rest of their lives resulting in having a toilsome time of dealing with lifes ups and downsThe physiological and emotional effects on a child living with an uncaring father are expressed in Franz Kafkaa Letter to His Father In this letter Kafka speaks of an event where in the middle of the night he starts whimpering for water After several threats his father takes him out of his bed and places him outside on the pavement and shuts the door Kafka writes Even years afterwards I suffered from the tormenting fancy that the huge man my father the ultimate authority would come almost for no reason at all and take me out of bed in the night and carry me out onto the pavlatche and that therefore I was such a mere nothing for him 91 Till this day Kafka still carries with him that humiliation and hurt that brought on by his fatherIn the poem My Papas Waltz by Theodore Roethke alcoholism is the cause of the abuse that Roethke must endure When I first read this poem I did not feel that Roethke was talking about being abused I thought Roethke was talking about the way he and his father used to dance But after reading everyones comments I began to see how the poem could be interpreted as experiences of being abused Roethke writes You beat time on my head and Then waltzed me off to bed Still clinging to your shirt 202 In these two quotes Roethke speaks of the beatings he received and how he was taken to bed
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