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How Background And Upbringing Effect A Child, Especially In Wild By Strayed And The Other West Moore By Moore

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We Control The Butterfly Effect
In the first few pages of Wild, it describes the present being of strayed but is quickly followed by flashbacks to her past. These flashbacks are a reminder of how the story has reached the point where it opened, on the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT). This book is more than a memoir recounting just her hike up the western coast; it is a story of her life’s journey. It explains how who she presently is directly determined by who she used to be. Each step on the trail is another step forward in her growth. Her challenges in her youth created background to give her strength and independence on the PCT. Her beat the odds mentality instilled in her during her ...view middle of the document...

The defeated Wes Moor looks to West and says, “Your father wasn’t there because he couldn’t be, my father wasn’t there because he chose not to be. We’re going to mourn their absence in different ways.” Defeated Wes’s words do not justify why he has found himself in a maximum-security prison. Instead they explain how he blamed his father’s leaving as the reason for him never being a good person with a good set of ethics and morals. To extent it is fair to say that the morals of one father was different than the others but as Cheryl Strayed puts it in Wild, “The father’s job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse to ride into battle when it’s necessary to do so. If you don’t get that from your father, you have to teach yourself.” (Part 4) Yes, there is some responsibility for a father to act appropriately, but it is not a justifiable excuse for a child without a father to say they cannot do the same things as a child with an engaged father. Strayed proved that in her own journey because in taking the Hike on the PCT she was recognizing she could no longer excuse her lapses in character or her lack of paternal care. Strayed wasn’t doing drugs because of her father never being there, she was doing drugs because she felt that was what people without father who cared did. However If Strayed wanted to change she didn’t need a father. By stopping and changing the course of her life Strayed proves the defeated Wes wrong and confirms the claim that it was not the actions of another during her up bringing that affected her being a good person, but her reaction to the actions of another in her youth that impacted how she thought and went about life, always feeling defeated and doomed by her father.
Every person is a product of the circumstances, situations and decisions they make, so how they lived in the past decides where and who they will be in the future. Wild runs a storyline constantly switching between flashbacks to Strayed past and her present journey on the PCT. These flashbacks are a butterfly effect reminder of how everything strayed had done good and bad had led to each present moment on the trail and that if she had never one decision that she did make then she wouldn’t be found on the trail today. Strayed understands how a significant degree of who she is affected by her own background. “What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn't have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?” (Part 5) It’s clear that every circumstance and situation she faced has led to this point where she finds her self on the trail. Her past underlies her present and if it hadn’t been for the events that led to rock bottom Strayed would have never felt the need to push her self to find rehabilitation and to take this self-discovering journey across the PCT. Strayed is one example of how a background can affect what a person does and who they...

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