Everything I Never Told You is the debut long novel written by Celeste Ng, a Chinese American writer. Great repercussion was been received and earned readers’ favor since it was published. Everything I Never Told You is a story related to an interracial family. The story begins with the disappearance of Lydia, the second daughter of the family. As the story goes on, something about Lydia and her family is revealed inch by inch and Lydia’s tragedy gradually becomes clear. Everything I Never Told You covers race, identity crisis, personal achievement, gender, family, personal path and etc.. This paper analyzes the lack and deficiency of Lydia’s family education from six aspects: maternal love, scientific fostering, comprehensive development, healthy personality, consistent educational expectations and balanced parents love. Nowadays, family education has attracted more and more people’s attention, the paper aims to give some reference to those who focus on family education.
Key Words: Everything I never told you; family education; Lydia’s tragedy
- Introduction 1
- Literature Review 3
- Family Education 6
- The Importance of Family Education 6
- The Connotations of Family Education 6
- The Characteristics of Family Education 7
- The Enlightenment of Family Education 7
- The Randomization of Family Education 7
- The Ethics of Family Education 8
- The Comprehensiveness of Family Education 8
- Lydia’s Tragedy from the Perspective of Family Education 10
- Lack of Maternal Love 10
- Lack of Scientific Cultivation 11
- Lack of Comprehensive Development 13
- Lack of Healthy Personality 13
- Lack of Consistent Expectations 14
- Lack of Balanced Parents Love 15
- Conclusion 18
Analyses of Lydia’s Tragedy in
Everything I Never Told You from the Perspective of Family Education
Celeste Ng is a Chinese American writer who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is from a migrant family. Her parents are scientists, they moved to America in late 1960s from Hong Kong. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. People will judge your country from your behaviors, so her parents told her that she should be kind to others and do better in schools when she was young. There are a great number of books at her home. Her parents work ruddy hard and try their best to provide her a better education. Her parents moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio for seeking a more friendly community and a better educational environment. She studied there till she graduated from high school.
Then in 1988, she entered Harvard university majoring English literature and then she began further study at the University of Michigan and earned her MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in writing (Yan, 2018). Later, she went in for lots of weird jobs, like proofreading textbooks and customizing power point presentations for companies and individuals (Yan, 2018). It was the experience in Michigan that helped her to be true writer. There, she did extensive reading and wrote a lot, which helped her to develop her own writing style. Her fictions and essays have appeared in the New York Times, One Story, The Guardian, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.