Dandelion wine the effects

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The Effects of Friendship "How important is friendship in the lives of teenagers today?" In the book Dandelion Wine friendship is one of the main and supporting themes that intertwines throughout the book. Friendship can come in all shapes and sizes, but when you lose a friend there are many affects. People can't imagine surviving high school and adolescence without their friends. John the best friend of Doug moves away, the aspects of losing his best friend were devastating bringing a turning point in to Doug's life with many affects.

It was a sunny day until a sudden cloud came over Doug's head, when the reality of John moving hit him (Bradbury 103) "John took the yellow and green train ticket solemnly from his pocket and they both looked at it" (Bradbury 103). With this type of situation kids are forced to make decisions to cope with the environment around them.

"Whether they're gossiping on the telephone or huddled in school hallways, teen-agers are constantly reaching out to their friends. They can't imagine surviving high school and adolescence without them." The very word of friendship is complicated in the world today. When someone leaves you for any reason you are going to miss him or her with many affects. As memories flow through your head remembering the person that left seems to get harder and harder. In the book Dandelion Wine John started to notice little things that he never noticed before, and this scared him for he was afraid that Doug wouldn't remember him. "Shut your eyes, Doug. Now, tell me, what color eyes I got? Don't peek. What color eyes I got?" Douglas began to sweat. His eyelids twitched nervously. Aw heck, John that's not fair. Tell me. Brown! John turned away. No sir. What you mean, no? You're not even close!" John closed his eyes. Turn around here, said Douglas. "Open up, let me see. It's no use, said John. You're forgot already. Just the way I said. Turn around here! Douglas grabbed him by the hair and turned him slowly. Okay Doug. John opened his eyes. Green." (Bradbury 105-106).

The very sentimental aspect of these affects can help to shape yourself by the environment around you. "Maintaining friendship can cause a lot of anxiety among teens. One of the biggest issues is trust. Confiding in people can be tricky, a betrayal of a confidence can break a friendship" (Ellis H1+). So how can you learn again to trust life when your best friend defies your trust as he moves away? When the time comes for you to move away it can be very difficult to say goodbye, some people just leave while others play on the last minute. In the book Dandelion Wine John leaves Doug without saying much. "We'll play one more round," said John, "except this time, I'm 'it. Run! The boys ran. Freeze! The boys froze, Douglas with them. Not a muscle! Shouted John. Not a hair! He came and stood by Douglas. Boy, this is the only way to do it, he said. Douglas looked off at the twilight sky. Frozen statues, every single one of you, the next three minutes! Said John." (Bradbury 110) So John Huff took this opportunity to leave. Instead of waiting five more minutes and having to look Doug in the eye he left while he still could. When this very aspect portrays within a child, the child starts to lose reality, and becomes someone else because of the reactions around him. Douglas felt alone at the time until he remembered all of his family was there to support him. "Sometime loneliness is temporary, a reasonable response to a situation such s moving to a new location or losing a spouse" (Lifetime Health Letter p6-7). So when all the anger is cleared you decide to head home to your family your friends.

"You may be my brother and maybe I hate you sometimes, but stick around, all right"(Bradbury 112)? In the world today it is relevant that you will rely on family. Family is primal nature to us, so we are encouraged to ask them for help when we need it. Doug realizing that he lost his best friend that day went home to be comforted by his brother. It may be that we don't see them as friends or maybe we just don't acknowledge it. As Doug realized this he knew he didn't want to lose his brother too. The very affect of this made him sees his family and future in a whole new way. "One word frees us from all the weight and pain of life: That word is love" (Stefoff 45).

Everyday in life we are forced with decisions that help to foretell the outcome of our life. Sometimes we can't help these decisions, but just rely on working to coop with the aspects. When John had to move away because of his father's new job in the book Dandelion Wine the aspect was devastating. The very meaning of loosing your best friend can be harsh, but realizing you had a brother, a friend that can be encouraging.

" If you lose your best friend and you don't have family support, who do you have" (Bode 147)? In the book Dandelion Wine Doug realized how grateful he was for being able to say goodbye to a friend but able to go home to family.