Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Writing and Rhetoric
© 2023 Annika C Johnson
After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic, narcissist for a father, I did not realize how abnormal my perception of family was until I studied abroad in Spain at age 19. The healthy family dynamics of my hosts–a Sevillan family of five who mirrored the structure of my childhood family unit of Mom, Dad, my sister, brother, and me–challenged my notion of home as a place of survival and of paternal figures as monsters. This experience led me to the questions: Do patriarchal societies inherently create monsters that we have to face or are the monsters the exception? How do paternal figures become monstrous? And in the end, does that mean they deserve forgiveness?
Johnson, Annika, "Of Monsters and Men: Deconstructing Patriarchal Relationships While Redefining "Family" in Seville" (2023). Scripps Senior Theses. 2067.