Because of the way Zack’s parents raised him, Zack treats Tick poorly. Tick has to undergo harassment every day. Zack was never taught by his parents how to treat other people with kindness or how to live the “Golden Rule”. He never learned how to be a gentleman or even how to be kind. Zack’s parents, both adults, allowed him to become the selfish punk he becam...
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... his rude and selfish ways. As a consequence of Tick’s parents getting a divorce, Tick was put in a position where she had to live with her mother because her father wanted her to have a better life, even though Tick wasn’t as happy with her mom. Also, Tick’s mother began dating the owner of the town’s fitness club, Walt Comeau, and as a result of Walt being around so often, he began trying to become a fatherly figure to Tick, which Tick did not want. Tick’s art teacher was constantly criticizing her work. Finally, because Tick had to eat lunch with John Voss, she created a friendship with him that eventually turned her into one people who were supposed to be a victim of John’s shooting spree. The problems that Tick experience are a result of the actions of the adults that are around her.
Russo, Richard. Empire Falls. New York: Vintage, 2001. Print.
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