That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton Compare and Contras Angela and Cathy and their families. DO YOU THINK THEIR FAMILIES AND HOME ENVIROMENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY THE TWO GIRL TURNOUT?  

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Angela and Cathy have completely different personalities and ways of dealing with other people, and both have learned everything they need to know about interactions with other people by their families.

For example, Cathy's parents are kind to each other, modeling for Cathy a healthy relationship between a man and a woman. Angela, on the other hand, has mainly observed the relationship behaviors of her brothers, Tim and Curly, who do not have reputations for compassion.

Cathy's interactions with her siblings and with Bryon are thoughtful and sensitive. She is a good listener who enjoys taking care of people she cares about. Angela is the opposite, and she manipulates people in a way that makes the reader question whether or not Angela even understands how to be trustworthy and live honestly.

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One prominent point of comparison between the two girls is that their inner traits are so different. Angela is vindictive, manipulative (which is an intentional action, not an inadvertent behavior), vengeful, vain, and self-gratifying. Cathy is compassionate, accepting, giving, concerned for others, and generous with her affections. The girls are opposites of each other.

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Obviously. Cathy is shown to have a loving family environment that supports her and cares for her. Note the way in which the family works together to support M&M and take care of him when he is found. This, in a large way can be said to be hugely influential in the way that Cathy is a very mature and stable character. If we compare her to Angela on the other hand, Angela is clearly a chaotic character whose lack of a secure and stable family base can likewise be said to have been hugely influential in the way that she has turned out.

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