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Curse of the Starving Class Essay | Critical Essay #6

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Critical Essay #6

The Tate family frequently violates traditional psychological boundaries—marital, parental, sibling, personal, or the family group as distinct from the outside world. The boundary theme starts at the play's opening with the mother admonishing the son for attempting to clean up debris from the front door that was broken down by the father. The gate between the family and the world outside has been destroyed and the son is not allowed to restore it. There is uncertainty about who is in and out of the family and who is performing what roles and tasks within the family system. Boundary diffusion is reflected in Wesley's comment, "like any second something could invade me. Some foreigner. Something undescribable". Generally, the greater the family boundary ambiguity, the greater the individual and family dysfunction.

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