Christian Worldview Essay
In the novel The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom, a boy named Marshall develops horrific personality traits such as aggression over time due to many traumatic events. Marshall goes through many things in his childhood, as well as have unethical people influence him into who he grows up to be. The Bible says a lot about this type of behavior. Lastly, Marshall furthers the message of how sin is inevitable, and it is not his fault he sins.
Marshall, a boy with truly aggressive qualities, uses his anger to blame others for his problems and cope with past experiences. Being that his parents neglect him for a large portion of his childhood, Marshall has built up anger towards his parents. This can be seen when he yells at his mother in her confused state along with him refusing to see her when she is in the mental institution and also back home in her room. One reason he is neglected is when Sally, Marshall's younger sister, passes due to his anger; therefore, Miss Martha, Marshall's mother, blames him for this tragic event. Not only this, but Marshall's father, the Captain, is out doing business and barely home, leaving Marshall with no fatherly figure to look up to. He feels alone. Not only this but growing up, Marshall goes through disturbing things himself, and this stress and anger carries on with him through out the years, making him easily irritable. First, as previously stated, Marshall's younger sister Sally died, as Marshall accidentally killed her by pushing her off a swing. He does not know how to deal with the loss, and takes this out on others in order to get himself together. Then, Marshall is sexually and physically abused over and over again by his tutor, Mr. Waters. This causes him to be aggressive toward others. Although Marshall has had a difficult and sad life, there are no excuses for his horrific actions.
Having no fatherly figure to look up to, Marshall begins to look up to the plantation's overseer, Rankin,...