The Color of Water

It could be argued that both Tateh and Ruth ran their households in a "tyrannical" manner. Why did Ruth succeed, while her father failed? How were their child-rearing styles different, and how were they the same?


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They were both strict, but Tateh played the unloving tyrant, whereas Ruth never left a doubt that she loved her children. Love is the reason that she succeeded where Tateh failed.