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One would think that a person would inevitably have a similar point of view towards the world as the person who raised him.In life however, point of view is not inherited as genes are.In the novel Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver, tells the story through thefather, Homero, and his daughter, Cosima, who do tell of the same memories that are driven in different directions because of their own views.As the novel progresses, Homero and Cosima are affected by their difference in views and change their outlook to point in which they can both be on the same level on.One can say that they are two lines that in time will intersect.
As the novel begins, Homero looks upon his children as a protector, and an inundating amount of love. As one continues to read the novel, it is evident that Homero does yearn to look at the world and at his girls with as much love as it is possible to offer.The death of his wife shaped him so that he became lost in his pain. Homero, therefore, tries not to get to attached to his daughters because the idea that he may lose them at any given moment is very prevalent in his mind.He viewed his daughters as special "patients" of his that he was to take care of in a special manner.He was so careful with them that he even made them wear orthopedic shoes while they were growing up.His experience in the worlds shaped him so that his point of view was just simply what you saw.
In the beginning, Cosimais presented as someone who is so affected by her past that it is difficult for her to live in the future.She views the world with uncertainness because she cannot pinpoint the factual stuff in her memory.Cosima can be said to be very weak in the beginning of the novel because she needs someone there for her. She was raised in a household where she simply told what to do and what not to do.She as a grown woman still needed this because she truly resented her past.


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