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The role a mother has in the life of a child can greatly affect the kind of person the child becomes specifically in the life of their daughter A mother teaches their daughter how to be a woman and essentially how to function as a female in society Mothers are able to teach the life lessons that a father cannot Heather ONeills novel Lullabies for Little Criminals how a lack of maternal figure affects ones ability to develop positive relationships with others The first examples of the effects of living without a mother come from Babys relationship with her father Jules The dysfunctional father and daughter roles display how without a mother the roles of a family become twisted A maternal figure is also seen to be necessary when viewing the relationship between Baby and Alphonse Babys relationship with the older Alphonse displays how she is not aware of the extent to let someone take care of her in a relationship leading to a sort of dependence The final illustration of how the absence of a motherly figure affects a child is the relationship of Baby and Xavier Baby does not know how to handle her womanly instinct to take care of Xavier in a relationship and her confusion leads to the destruction of the relationship Essentially Heather ONeills novel Lullabies for Little Criminals displays the difficulty of having functioning relationships without the influence of a motherly figureThe relationship between Baby and Jules is extremely delicate as it has been just the two of them together for all of Babys life The relationship is dependant and unhealthy as Baby has to act as a mother without any knowledge of what that entails Baby displays her perception of how a mother is when she takes care of Jules after he gets high and passes out Baby describes how I took the cigarette out of his hand and put it in a glass next to my
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