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Mothers play an important role in the lives of their familys How a mother reacts can make or break their family Angelas Ashes by Frank McCourt and The Color of Water by James McBride are two novels that portray a mother who stuck by her family in poverty and the results are tremendous in the lives of McCourt and McBride The poem by Allen Ginsberg Kaddish contains a mother who also lived in poverty yet broke a family Later in the familys lives the effects of the lack of mothering they had was devastating Angelas Ashes and the Color of Water both demonstrate behavior that can be considered a family living in poverty A deprived family is one that fails to meet some or all of the basic needs of its members Sometimes these needs such as food shelter or clothing are so basic that people take them for granted More often emotional needs such as the need for love support and security go unmet Drugs alcoholism death abandonment starvation and anxiety are some characteristics of a deprived family that can be found in both Angelas Ashes and The Color of Water Just because a family is poor does not mean its members do not love each other In the Color of Water the stepfather dies creating an new and unhealthy environment for the family As the mother is now forced to raise her twelve children alone she is forced to take on even more responsibility Rachel Shilisky never before had a job She was struggling to make ends meet Playing games with her children to determine who was going to eat dinner and breakfast that day The winners would eat and the losers would suffer because their family was living in poverty The children never realized that they were living a different life than other kids until they were sent to school and James the youngest of twelve children asks his mother why she
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