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We The Animals By Justin Torres

2068 words - 8 pages

Justin Torres Novel We the Animals is a story about three brothers who lived a harassed childhood life. There parents are both young and have no permanent jobs to support their family. The narrator and his brothers are delinquents who are mostly outside, causing trouble, causing and getting involved in a lot of problems and barely attending school, which their parents allowed them to do. The narrator and his brothers were physically abused by their father, leading them to become more violent to one another and others, drinking alcohol and dropping out of school. Physical abuse is an abuse involving one person’s intention to cause feelings of pain, injury and other physical suffering and bodily harm to the victim. Children are more sensitive to physical abuse, they show symptoms of physical abuse in short run and more effects in the long run. Children who sustain physical abuse grow up with severely damaged of sense of self and inability. The narrator and his brothers were physically abused by their father and showed long run symptoms of Antisocial behaviors, drinking problems and most importantly they becoming more violent themselves. Many psychological and sociological studies such as “Childhood history of abuse and child abuse potential: role of parent’s gender and timing of childhood abuse” and “school factors as moderators of the relationship between physical child abuse and pathways of antisocial behavior can be used to prove the argument that children who sustain physical abuse grow up with criminal and antisocial behaviors.
The narrator and his brother’s bear physical abuse from pap’s which led them to become more violent towards one another and people outside. The narrator and his brothers were abused by their father whenever they caused a problem. In one scenario pap’s beats all three brothers after he caught them climbing on the roof pretending like burglars. ”Us burglars, we said to Paps the time he caught us on the roof, getting ready to rappel. And later when pap’s had us on the ground and was laying into many… Joel nodded his chin toward pap’s who was unfastening his belt” (Torres 25). Pap’s punished all three brothers physically for putting their lives in danger and causing problems, but Pap’s should have tried to punish them some other way like grounding them, than abusing them. Since pap’s wasn’t educated, he probably didn’t know the long run symptoms of physical abuse which made the three brothers more violent towards one another and people outside, they became a delinquent as they grew older. Since all three brothers still had not reached puberty yet, they had a high rate of becoming violent like Pap’s as they grow older. “Children both genders who experienced physical abuse prior to puberty presented higher rates of abusive behaviors than those with physical abuse after puberty” (Martinez, Figueriedo, Albiol 511). Since the narrator and his brothers were mostly abused by their father before the age of puberty they had a...

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