Ways of Raising Children in East is East and The Bluest Eyes

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Most parents say that their children are the best things they could ever have in the world. There is no way they would trade their children for anything; not even for the most expensive thing ever exist. No wonder they are willing to do and give anything just to make their kids happy. However, apparently, not all parents feel the same way. They might still love their children but showing their affections in different ways; through strikes, harsh words or appalling attitudes, for example. This kind of unusual parents-children relationship can be seen in East is East and The Bluest Eyes. Both of them tell the story on how the parents treat their kids differently than most parents do; and they do it because they have their own reasons.

In East is East, George Khan, as the father, is the one who treat his kids badly. He strikes his children for no exact reasons and often pushes his children to do what he wants them to do; no matter whether they like it or not.

He never listens to his children. He only forces them to do what he thinks the right thing (i.e. arranged marriage, Koran lesson at mosque) to make his children a good Moslem and Pakistani; he does not even care of what his children think of them. No wonder his children give him a nickname as Genghis Khan, a dictator, "Oi, Romeo. Genghis is back!" (p.67) and often think him as a bastard (p.123). Tariq said, "...He's never gonna give a shit about how we feel or what we think. 'I am your father, you are my son, you do as I say'..." (p.82)

However, he forces them because he has his own reasons: to live under the Pakistani and Moslem traditions and to...