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Parental affection is crucial in a childs life especially druing their formative years Abscence of this loveing and tender behaviour can be detrimental to the child in their later life In the novel Cats Eye by Margaret Atwood the main character Elaine Risley has sufered many emotional conditiona such as depression suicidal tendencies and has diplayed symptoms similar to that of a person suffering with schitzophrenia all as a result of her parents lack of affection toward her This emotional scarring affected every aspect of her life her career her marriages and her family as well as her ability to rationalize any of the decisions she had made in her life As a child Elaine was moved around never establishing a permanent home until she was nine years old During this time she was very dependant on her parents to provide comfort friendshipas well as fulilling their parental responsibilities as teachers of valuble life lessons My mother smiles at me in the kitchen with the woodstove and hugs me with one arm She thinks Im happy Some nights we have marshmallows for a treat156 Mrs Risleys obliviousness towards her daughters feelings is astonishing Elaine is aware that ehr mother was ignorant regarding hr feelinfs Her mothers feeble attempt at affection and the assumption that marshmallows would slove all of her daughters problems was the beginning of Elaines emotional downfal How could a mother not sense her own daughters sorrow this form of neglect proved to be quite seroius as it affected the way Elaine raised her own children Hre maternal skills were affected thus creating an environment similar to that of her own childhood Elaine was unaware of the cyclical effect this behavoiur entails As a result of her mothers neglest Elaines own family will suffer and this will continue to be detrimental to the unit both individually as weel as a whole The neglect that Elaine suffered was not only at the hands
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