Compare and contrast Angela and Cathy's families. Do you think their families and home environments make a difference in the way the girls turn out?

"In S. E. Hinton's novel That Was Then, This Is Now, the female leads, Angela and Cathy, both have black hair, good looks, and romantic ties to Bryon, but that is where their similarities end. In fact, their personalities and their attitudes towards life, both of which have been influenced by their families, make them foils for each other."

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In S. E. Hinton's novel That Was Then, This Is Now , the female leads, Angela and Cathy, both have black hair, good looks, and romantic ties to Bryon, but that is where their similarities end. In fact, their personalities and their attitudes towards life, both of which have...

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In S. E. Hinton's novel That Was Then, This Is Now, the female leads, Angela and Cathy, both have black hair, good looks, and romantic ties to Bryon, but that is where their similarities end. In fact, their personalities and their attitudes towards life, both of which have been influenced by their families, make them foils for each other.

A foil is a character who is the opposite of another character or contrasts with another character. For example, the warmth, compassion, and kindness that characterize Cathy's parents highlight Angela's cold-heartedness and manipulative ways, all learned from her brothers, Tim and Curly, the neighborhood toughs who rule by fear and intimidation. The Carlson parents have a large and unruly family, but they value each other and help each other, while Angela's family communicate poorly and are harsh with each other.

In fiction, just as in real life, people develop according to their own inborn nature as well as their environments, which nurture different personal characteristics. Cathy and Angela come from very different homes and families, and the differences impact the way they interact with others in the novel.

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Cathy and Angela's home environments are polar opposites, and they definitely influence how the girls turn out.

In the story, the protagonist, Bryon, becomes infatuated with Cathy Carlson and ends up dating her. Previously, Bryon had dated the impetuous Angela Shepard. Bryon enjoys his time at Cathy's house because her family is so different from Angela's. 

Bryon relates that Angela's family members often engaged in violent fights with each other. In contrast, Cathy's family members are respectful and kind toward each other. Both Angela and Cathy are the products of their home environment. During dates, Angela preferred to engage in only one of two activities: making out or fighting. Bryon admits that his dates with Angela became boring after a while.

Because of the dysfunctional family dynamics in her home, Angela tended to approach relationships from a shallow and even antagonistic perspective. She had designs on Ponyboy Curtis even while she dated Bryon. After Bryon and Angela broke up, Angela boasted that Bryon would return to her.

Later, Bryon discovers that her boast was a ploy to cover up her embarrassment at having been rejected by Ponyboy Curtis. Angela had also instigated a fight between Ponyboy and another boy in order to get Ponyboy's attention.

During his time with her, Bryon notes that Angela was a compulsive drinker, and this made their dates very expensive. Angela's predilections may stem from the fact that her father also drank excessively. Angela later marries, but her husband appears to be a ne'er-do-well. 

After Bryon breaks up with Angela, he dates Cathy for a time. Although he and Cathy do part ways eventually, Bryon notes that Cathy was quite unlike the avaricious and aggressive Angela. Accordingly, both Angela and Cathy's home environments definitely influenced how the girls turned out.

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Angela and Cathy live drastically different lives in the novel That Was Then, This Is Now. Although Cathy's family is poor, she has loving parents and siblings who care about her. Cathy's family supports one another, and her parents encourage their children to get good grades. In contrast, Angela comes from an unstructured household and is continually fighting with her parents and siblings. Bryon mentions that he hated visiting Angela's home and feels more comfortable at the Carlson household. In my opinion, Cathy and Angela's family environments affect their personalities. Cathy is laid back, kind, and intelligent. Her attitude reflects the fact that she was raised by easygoing, respectful individuals. Angela's confrontational, tough personality was shaped by her home environment. Angela has developed into a negative, bitter individual because she grew up in a household where arguments and fighting were common.

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