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In the play, Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare and Black Boy written by Richard Wright the story perfectly illustrates that the roots of all chaos stems from family.

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Gabriel Torres Essay 1S2 Throughout time family has always been an important part in everybody?s life and may have sometimes influenced people lives. Even in books or play family is in the center of the stories. It is perpetually somehow present and may sometimes cause the main conflict, but does the root of all chaos constantly stems from the family? Sometimes other facts can be taken into account to justify the chaos surrounding us. In the play, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, the story perfectly illustrates that ?the roots of all chaos stems from family?. One of the central conflicts in it is the impossible love between two members of feuding families. The feud between the 2 families has been going on for many years. At the very beginning of the play the prologue tells us all about the hate and envy between the 2 houses. ?The fearful passage of their death-marked love, And the continuance of their parents' rage Which, but their children's end, naught could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage?(prologue, 9-12)? The play begins with the main conflict between the Capulet's and the Montague's in Verona. ...read more.

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In the autobiography Black Boy written by Richard Wright we can see that in on hand the violence inside his family had some influence in the chaos of Richard?s life and of the story, but in the other hand the societal context of the time grandly influenced the conflicts of the story. During his life Richard has been cursed, beaten, or slapped every time he stood up to Granny, Aunt Addie or other members of his family. He has always lived in a family where violence was a part of his normal and everyday life. So little by little violence takes overs Richards mind, and starts to react violently with most of his problems. For example at school in order to gain the respect and acceptance Richard felt the obligation to show his power and strength. Also he reacted with violence inside his own house. Once he threatened his Aunt Addie with a knife. Another important incident that occurred during his childhood was when Richard was just a little boy; One day Richard and his brother, were playing with a noisy cat they had find outside which woke up their father, Nathan. ...read more.

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When the fight started, however, Richard and Harrison realized that they did not know how to fake it. Their frustrations at being manipulated take over, and they fight each like two animals forgetting their deal. Aside from that in the novel whites generally treat Richard with no respect because of the color of his skin. During all his childhood Richard has been used to racism from the white people. One day Richard neglects to call one of the whites ?sir,? So they smashed a whiskey bottle in his face, causing him to fall from the vehicle. One of the other important aspects that Richard Wright?s critique in his book is that the black community itself is unable or unwilling to educate him properly. He realizes later on that he has been kept from such education when he discovers his love for literature. In both of the stories family has a role to do in the chaos, but as we can see from Black Boy society determines how the family acts. If at that time racism wasn?t part of the culture of the United States, Richard?s family wouldn?t have acted the same way. Family is in a way not independent from the society because the family is part of the society itself. ...read more.

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