In act2 scene5, imagine you are Cory to response to your mother's speech of persuading you to attend father's funeral.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are several ways to approach this.  Fundamentally, I am not sure if anyone other than you could write this because of its location within the subjective.  What this means is that you are going to have to assess if there are some crimes that cannot be forgiven in the emotional pantheon of parents and children.  Cory detests his father because he sees him as a controlling figure who wished to extinguish his own dreams.  The dynamic between them is one where the son sees the father as trying to repress his dreams and channel him into a life that the son did not want to enter.  In the end, the need to leave home is one where this emotional dynamic is present.  Wilson shows the son eventually forgiving the father and attending the funeral.  The prompt might be one where you have to take the role of Cory and figure out if you would forgive your parents if in the same position.  In assuming this, you have to make the call that a child truly does believe their parent to be incapable of love, as Cory feels about his father.  In this light, I think that you might be able to craft a response about whether you would attend the funeral.

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