Make Lemonade Research Paper

One of the most cliche statements that has ever been said is “People that you are surrounded with will make a big influence on you.” People always have a big influence on things especially other people. This connection is relevant to the characters in Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff. The main character, LaVaughn is a young teen, whose mom is always on her back about having a good future and going to college. Which is completely opposite to Jolly, who is a teen mom with two kids and is learning how to survive life with only her and her kids. Throughout the novel, both LaVaughn and Jolly learn from each other and their differences in their lives. These challenges and experiences in life help the characters develop a new outlook on life….

First, Vaughn’s mom is always on LaVaughn back about certain things which makes LaVaughn worry about those things also. LaVaughn is explain how much her mom has changed, from having a little mom to “having a big Mom” (82). Her mom being a big mom, means that she is always on LaVaughn case about her future which has shaped LaVaughn to really care about her future and how to get into college. Second, Vaughn’s mom lived with her aunts when she was growing up which impacts her beliefs about life and how to deal with it. LaVaughn is explaining that with her mom’s motto for life is picking what direction and remember that you chose what direction to take. (92). The way Vaughn’s mom beliefs life as is because her aunts that she grew up with has shaped her beliefs. Lastly, Jolly grew up with her Gram as a parent figure in her life, so she grew up watching her Gram and got taught from her Gram. Jolly is explaining to LaVaughn how her grandma “put me back together all the time. Hugged me, preached to me, put me in bed, played double solitaire.” Jolly’s beliefs were all shaped and impacted by her Gram and what her Gram would tell her for advice. These three pieces of evidence shows that the presence of parents in the character’s early life shapes the characters beliefs in…