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Unforeseen Consequences.

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Timothy Das English HL1- 2 28/04/2007 Unforeseen Consequences No matter what kind of journey we make of life, where we started out will always be a part of us. The greatest place of fortune any of us can enjoy in this world is to be born into a loving family. Unfortunately, in the two stories, The River and The Artificial Nigger, the innocent children that were brought into this world, got a glimpse of how cruel this world can be. These children are neglected as they are in search for some sense of direction. The children are the ones who have to suffer the consequences of selfish parenting. As a result, the child becomes more independent and has practically no one to look up too for guidance. In The River, at the very beginning of the story, Harry, changes his name to Bevel. This can be interpreted as lack of identity as he doesn't know whom he really is. As the parents are often involved in many social gatherings, Harry is often left on the sidelines. ...read more.


The preacher states to the people that if they accept god into their lives that they will go to heaven. Harry witnessed people being baptized as the preacher said that this is the river of life, which will lead to the Kingdom of God. Harry so innocently believes that it literally means, it's the gateway to meet God. His dependence in his way thinking was derived through his parents by not giving any form of guidance. Sadly, Harry commits suicide, unknowingly, also as a consequence of bad poor parenting as he perceives that going into the river, is a way of meeting God. True to certain extent, as in ones view, he is probably better of in god's hands, as his parents don't even believe in god. However in The Artificial Nigger, the grandfather is put into a very awkward position as the absence of his counterpart, his wife, and the daughter leaving him, he is totally unprepared to foster a child. Nelson, so sadly has to go through life with a man that holds very poor parental skills. ...read more.


Head had already provided Nelson with a frame in mind that all African Americans were a harm to society, Nelson said at the end of the story that he never wanted to return to this city again, which was evidently his place of birth. One could imagine, his general view on society, as negative thoughts would only cloud his minds, as all of this was a result of bad parenting. From this, one can safely conclude that parents should love and care for their kid if they decide to foster one. They should and have to bare all responsibilities that come with it the child. It's all part of a package. It is their duty to guide and draw a path, which will make their kid successful in life. Religion plays an important part here; as the parental figures in both stories, don't believe in God. The misguided ness of children is basically a major consequence of selfish parenting. Both parental figures in the stories are egocentric, and selfish, as they are only concerned about their own affairs. As a result of misguidance and selfish parenting, in some cases, in this case in The River, brings about a fatal ending to a child who was innocent of everything. ...read more.

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