Family members have a significant impact on our lives. Think of Quindlen's description of Evan's two moms, or Sedaris's humourous rendering of his sister's transformations during the trip to Europe; both examples show the impact family membres can have on our identity. Consider a specific incident or set of closely related incidents involving a family member (you choose how to define "family") or close friend that helped shape your identity. Now consider the greater social or political significance of that incident (as when Quindlen uses Evan's case to argue for the legalization of gay marriage). Write an essay in which you craft an argument based on your experience with your family member. Be sure to select a specific audience and purpose for your essay.




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