Making A New Family Essay

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Amy Vice, a beautiful but neglected housewife, wakes up to another mundane day. Her husband, Roger, rejects her sexual advances then proceeds to ignore and demean her attempts at polite conversation. He leaves for work without saying goodbye. After he departs, Amy takes her coffee outside to enjoy the weather in her tree-lined family friendly New Orleans neighborhood. Amy yearns for a child of her own, a gift her husband is unable to give. So obscured by the privacy hedge that borders her yard, she watches with envy as parents walk and play with their children. This morning Amy receives a surprise visitor; a five year old little girl named Emma is playing hide-and-go-seek with her father. ...view middle of the document...

Owen moved his family to New Orleans after Cathy’s death to start anew and be closer to his parents. Lucas reacts by refusing to do his homework and getting in with the wrong crowd at school. But Lucas' frustration about his new school is nothing compared to the resentment he feels when he learns his father is interested in the Amy. pretty woman he keeps seeing around school.

Amy learns what Roger has been up to when he informs her that he has accepted a promotion in another state. He also makes it clear that he doesn't want Amy to join him. Though she never expected to salvage her relationship she is upset about how it fell apart.

Despite Lucas' disapproval, Owen continues his flirtation with Amy. It all comes to a head when Emma invites Amy to a barbecue at their house to celebrate her upcoming birthday. Amy agrees to go, and while there Owen punishes Lucas by sending him to his room for making sexually inappropriate comments to Amy. After dinner Owen, Amy and Emma are enjoying a game of Go Fish when Lucas interrupts the fun by threatening Amy with a gun. The gun is not loaded and Amy goes home. Owen promises to come by so they can talk.

Later that evening, at Amy's house, she and Owen exchange the stories of their past lives. Owen reveals how his wife died and Amy explains why her marriage ended. Amy also tells him that she can relate to Lucas' anger because her mother also died when she was young. They are each relieved to be able to talk to someone who listens. In spite of the attraction she feels to Owen, she doesn't let him spend the night, citing Lucas as the reason....

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