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Carson McCullers takes the reader on a journey to the lives of a family plagued by alcoholism in "A Domestic Dilemma". The realism of the story is astounding, as most people will frequently find themselves torn when confronting difficult family decisions. The Meadows' family is torn by both compassion and anguish, and Martin Meadows is faced with one of the most difficult decisions of his life. At A Domestic Dilemma, the writer conveys the thought that individuals facing difficult decisions in marital associations must act in the best interest of somebody's self.The battles in the story surround Martin and Emily's marital association. It is apparent that their union is deteriorating due to Emily's alcoholism. Emily often tries to conceal her drinking out of her husband and when Martin asks about his wife's earlier drinking, she responds "Since I drink a couple of sherries in the afternoon you're trying to make me out a drunkard." In a sharp, unforgiving tone. Martin becomes frustrated knowing that he is not able to trust his own wife with any duties around the home because of her intoxication, "If you could only realize how sick I am - how bad it is for us" He pleads with Emily and attempts to calm her often, but underneath his calm and passive mask Martin's dread and stress for his kids causes him to hate Emily's behaviour. "His childhood was being frittered away by a drunkard's squander, and his very manhood subtly compromised." Two events that worried Martin the most were when Emily was making cinnamon toast for those kids, she accidentally used cayenne rather than cinnamon. Their son, Andy, took a bite of the toast and cried because it burned his mouth. Another error that Emily made was while washing her infant, she fell Marianne and cut on the child's delicate head on a table. Because of Emily's ignorance and drinking her baby daughter might have died or been seriously injured. Martin Meadows also faces another conflict. His heart is wrenched in chaos as he struggles with the decisions that will induce him to choose between his love for his kids and his love for his spouse. The devotion that Martin feels towards his children is evident during "A domestic Dilemma". He views his children's faces as "radiant as flower petals, equally adored." Also illustrating his love for his ch...