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Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

Created: 09/10/17

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davinamw

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Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence? How do you think their pressure has influenced her views about herself and about relationships?


Posted Oct. 01, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
celiap

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

After reading five chapters, my answer is:
Her mother, Val. Val suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder. Wavy has learned that food is dirty, and touching is dirty, so Wavy is afraid to eat very much and has an aversion to touching and being touched. I wish I could say Grandma, but Grandma died of cancer before she could have much impact.
I see in chapter 6, a teacher's name. I might revise my answer later.


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rebeccar

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

My answer will be...SPOILER ALERT to anyone who hasn't finished the book... the most influence as far as Wavy's adult life is Judge C.J. Maber. She called and left a message about being real. There's a brief scene where Sandy (I think that was the girlfriend's name) pretends to be Wavy's mother to smooth things over, but she is still part of the swapping partners and doing drugs scene. Ultimately, no single female is a lasting, strong role model. Aunt Brenda was an influence in what Waverly did not want to be even though she was not a drug cooker or user.


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jenniferj

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

Her mother. Her mother's rules about being "dirty" envelope Wavy's thoughts and eating habits every single day. I found it interesting that although Wavy was able to reject many of her mother's horrible habits, she somehow chose to believe the part about being "dirty." Perhaps that helped her justify the painful abuse she endured.


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ScribblingScribe

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

I agree with Rebeccar. There was no single female role model in her life that lasted. Her mother influenced her negatively. Sandy did too, even though she tried to be nice. The judge was the one who taught Wavy to fight and stand up for herself, so she was the most positive in the end. Aunt Brenda was probably the most harmful, even more so than Wavy's mom whose neglect was the result of drugs and mental illness. Aunt Brenda's behavior was a decision, which makes it worse.


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terriej

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

Unfortunately, I think her mother had the most influence. Her mother's rules and erratic behavior damaged Wavy beyond a point that she could come back from on her own.


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laurap

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

I saw no positive female role models in Wavy's life. Her mother was influential, but in such a negative way, convincing her she was dirty and worthless. Her aunt was too critical to be an effective model, as were most of her teachers. Judge C. J. Maber was positive in the end, but it took her a while to get there and it almost did not happen. The only positive influence in Wavy's early life was Kellen, which explains why the story evolved the way it did


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annl

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

Her mom, by definition of her title. She was a role model of everything Wavy did not want to be.


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MarieA

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

I saw no positive female role models in Wavy's life. She grew to be the person she did in spite of the women around her and of her surroundings--thank goodness!


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JulieAB

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

I don't believe she had a real good role model outside of her grandmother. Her biggest influence was her mother, and obviously in a negative, abusive way. Val is the one that convinced her she was dirty and she should remain invisible. Val seems to have a personality disorder therefore Wavy and Donal had no chance.


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mal

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

If Wavy's grandmother had lived no doubt she would have been a positive role model, otherwise I say no women served as positive role models to Wavy. Rather the women Wavy encountered served as what no to model yourself after.


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pennyp

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

I think the mother had the most influence although it was very negative. The judge did have somewhat of a positive influence but not enough to overcome the damage that her mom did.


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alisonf

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RE: Of the female role models in Wavy's life, which do you think has the most influence?

I think Brenda most influenced the direction of her life although it was not necessarily positive but she thought she was doing the right thing. The judge effected her course but I do not think that was an influence or a relationship that mattered. Her mom did mess her up the most.


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