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Exploring the Value of Family Support
David Vilandre's letter to Robert Cormier
David Vilandre, Director of the Worcester County Young Writers' Institute, writes to Robert Cormier thanking him for his response to student questions on Fade. He encloses three student essays and questions on We All Fall Down regarding Harry's role as antagonist and the separation of the novel into two parts. A brief mention of Vilandre's infant son reveals a personal connection between Vilandre and Cormier.
Michael O'Bryant's essay for Mr. Vilandre
This student essay on We All Fall Down attributes Buddy's misfortune to fate. His alcoholism is spurred on by his parents' divorce. Harry perverts the lost father figure by encouraging vandalism and alcoholism. Finally, Buddy's break up with Jane cements his fated unhappiness.
Jacy Henerson's essay for Mr. Vilandre
This student essay on We All Fall Down compares Buddy and Jane and how each responds to being victimized. The role of family guidance in overcoming adversity factors largely in the comparison. Henerson also considers Jane and Buddy's relationship.
Stephen Thompson's essay for Mr. Vilandre
This student essay on We All Fall Down links the title of the novel to the children's rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie" and to each character's sad fate. Thompson looks at Michael Stallings, Jane Jerome, and Buddy Walker as they fell into suicide, isolation, and alcoholism.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Counseling Center provides brochures and overviews of that makes a family a dysfunctional family and the effects of that dysfunction.
Teen Vogue published "How This Teen Beat Alcoholism at 17" a short article to share trends in teen alcohol abuse through the story of "Regan."