Richard Rodriguez in his essay “Family Values” on p. 344 takes issue with the common use, or misuse, of the term family values. Barbara Kingsolver provides her perspective on family values in “Stone Soup” on p. 327. What central values does each author have regarding family values? How are the authors’ views similar? How are they different? Do you agree with the authors’ perspectives or do you disagree? How would you define family values?
In your opening paragraph, clarify Rodriguez’s and Kingsolver’s definitions of family values. How does each author define the term? Then establish your own definition of family values by creating a three-part definition with clear defining characteristics. This will become the thesis of your essay.