The Avalon Ballroom Essay

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The Avalon Ballroom

The Avalon Ballroom


Mostly everyone has a hero, role model, or someone to look up to. These people can
significantly affect your lifestyle, and what you do. The Avalon Ballroom by Ann Hood
displays this type of character as the father of Lily, the protagonist. This highly
respected patriarch inspires her to do many things, like to go to college at Princeton
University just as he did.

Lily seems to want to follow her father's footsteps by going to Princeton University. This
"god-like" figure has affected Lily's entire family in many ways. Lily is enthused by
Trip, her father, and is obvious when she said "I need to come up with $2,000 so that I
can go to Princeton in the fall. That's why I work all these stupid jobs and why I never
get to go to the clubs with everyone else. I'm saving every penny to go to Princeton.
Don't ask me why, but going there is like the most important thing in my life."(Hood 17)
Throughout the story, Lily tries very hard to get the money, and doesn't waste any, that
it drives her to be angered with her mother when she said "I'm thinking, why doesn't she
write something that makes money? Maddie Hazelton's mother writes articles for magazines
and gets at least $2,000 every time. I even tried to write one, but I got a rejection
letter that basically said, ‘Forget it.' My mother could do it, though. One article and
my problem would be solved. One article about cellulite and I'd be on my way to
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