One such character is Samuel Grinstead who appears in Ladder of Years.
Sam comes from a very tightly reigned family where the decisions even those concerning his future, are primarily made by the parents.
Annoyed by the stress placed on him by his wife, Ali flees to Shiriaz, in another area of Iran. Similarly in Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Beck Tull reaches a point in his life where he decides that he no longer is happy and thus begins searching for an escape.
It is there that he lives out his remaining days happy and free of his wife before dying of a brain hemorrhage. Four years ago he had died of a brain hemorrhage, slumping over at a dinner table, where he? Beck had married young and began raising his family almost immediately. t settled down, life would have been different, maybe even better? Buck therefore escapes his wife, Pearl, and his family to pursue his dream of being a prosperous traveling salesman.
They marry and move into the suburbs where they begin raising their own family. The new world in America and the traditional ways of Mrs. She found it very difficult to step aside and be an observer as her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, raised her family. the reader learns that Bet Blevins sought an escape of her own. Once the couple has a son who is physically handicapped, Avery begins to grow increasingly anxious in the situation until he finally just abandons them altogether.
He accomplishes his dream of an escape from Iran and his family. Traditionally, the grandparents play a dominant role in the upbringing of the children, but that is in Iran not America as Mrs. While she thought her happiness would be in the land of the free away from Babak and her other family, the escape would just prove to come full circle until it resulted in her escaping back to the place from which she first fled. Ardaui found herself unhappy in her living arrangements, she was determined to escape and seek solace in a better place to ensure her own contentment. Intent on avoiding her parents and in search of love, which could not be found at home, Bet marries Avery against their wishes. I just wanted to start over, I felt I was ready to live my life and raise a family. Bet, now alone with a disabled son, must seek another escape.Her children interrupt her when she begins talking about her day and even find it too difficult to give her phone messages left on the answering machine before they erase them. I was standing in the produce section minding my own business? When her conscience begins to get the best of her and she begins to feel guilty about the affair, she breaks it off with Adrian.On one occasion Delia returned home from the grocery store only to be greeted by a disillusioned son whose primary concern was how much food was in the pantry. Finally, Delia decides to escape the town and family who neglect her, and she leaves with no possessions or anything else and starts a new life independently.It is there that he meets his wife, Delia, and raises his family.Sam finds contentment in his decisions and does fulfill his dreams of success, but he does so on his own.While he loves them, he always knew that his place was not there. When the care for her son becomes too much for her, she chooses to transfer him to a facility more equipped to handle his needs. The world was now going to do something as if on a stage that she would sit back and observe,? This is another sound example of an Anne Tyler character who after facing distress in her family life, searches for a better life. With this decision he hopes to find the successful life he has always wanted for himself. Once again a distressed character pursues an escape to better his own personal life.The restrictions of his faith, which were reinforced by his family, did not go along with the decisions he wanted to make for himself. A final example of a character exhibiting a distressful family life is Ben Hawkes in If Morning Ever Comes. m called on only when the toilet is broken or when a mouse is spotted!? It is not just characters in strained family situations that seek escape; there are many instances of individuals in troubled marital lives that also escape toward a better life.He felt this thrust into adulthood had robbed him of opportunities in his life. He flees to another town to start over and does indeed become successful.However, a void is still present in his life, and when he returns home, he finds that Pearl has begun anew as well.The tutor, Cal, provides a relatively restriction-free environment that appears to be ? but in due course does not benefit Donny in the least (Wasteland 1003).Even while with Cal, Donny struggles with school until ultimately he is expelled.