My name is Melissa Haueisen. I have a dog named Muffin, my favorite color is aquamarine, and my favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. I play the clarinet and the piano, and I love almost all types of music.
One line from Under the Influence that I found particularly meaningful was the line, “Unlike the biblical swine, however, he left behind a few of the demons to haunt his children.” I think that line sums up what a lot of the essay is about. I think the author wants to share his experiences with his father’s alcoholism as a way to show why he acts and feels the way he does about alcohol as well as his own compulsion to work hard. Also, he wants to tell his story to his son, so his son can better understand his father. What really struck me about this essay was how much guilt the author felt, even after he had learned about alcoholism. When visiting his parents as an adult, instead of going in with a clear cut explanation of why his father drinks, he reverted to his childhood mentality of what was going on. This essay really shows what it is like to be the child of an alcoholic, and I found that very interesting.