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Bud Not Buddy
Everyone needs family
Everyone needs family. Family can support us and care for us. In the book Bud, Not Buddy, Bud needs a family, but does not have a family at the beginning of the book.
Everybody needs family so that they can have someone believe in them. Bud was placed with a foster family, the Amoses, but they did not treat him well. An example of this is when Todd beat up Bud and lied about it, Mr.Amos locked Bud in the shed. This is why Bud decided to run away.
Everybody needs family so they they can have a home. If Bud had a home, he would not have to carry around all his belongings. Bud always carried his suit case. It contained a blanket,a tobacco bag that he kept rocks in, a picture of his mom and flyers of the Dusky Devastators. Everything in the suitcase belonged to his mom and they were important to her. Bud thinks that the flyers are a clue to finding his father.
Everybody needs family to feel safe and loved. Bud felt safe when his mom was around, for example, when Bud talked about his memories of his conversations with his mom, it shows that she loved him. When his mom tells him about his name, it shows that she loved him. “A bud is a flower in waiting. Waiting for just the right warmth and care to open up. It’s a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world. And that’s you.”
Everybody needs family to take care of basic needs like food and shelter. For example: After Bud leaves the library he falls asleep under a tree (page 59). If Bud had a home, he would not have to sleep under a tree.
Everyone needs family to feel like they belong. On page 78, Bud says “someone who doesn’t know who there is, is like dust blowing around in a storm, they don’t really belong any one place.” “I might not know who my family was but I knew they were out there somewhere…” This proves that Bud wants to belong to a family, he wants to find his family.
Everyone needs family to feel safe and loved, to have a home and food and shelter and to feel like they belong. In the end, Bud finds his grandfather and finally has a sense of belonging to everyone who lives at Grand Calloway Station.
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