Today is Sunday December 7, 2014

The Goldfinch – Bad Parents throughout

Author: hemmi1

BAD PARENTS Appalling parents abound in The Goldfinch – particularly fathers. Larry Decker and Mr Pavlikovsky compete for the worst father award, both beating their sons whilst failing to nurture or even feed them. Hobie’s father is a sadistic bully who forces his son to work for him without pay. Welty’s father abandons his son and his daughter as one is disabled and the other illegitimate.
Note: Miserable families have distinct strains, often caused by bad fathers. Tartt gets it!  Tolstoy recognized that happy families are much alike, but miserable ones have distinct factors that give rise to and exacerbate the misery.

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