May 17, 2013
Prof: Amanda Russell HN144
Leroy was an outgoing, cunning, slick, and sly teenager and physically bigger the most of his peers. Leroy started in football, basketball and baseball in high school. However, he began drinking and smoking at the age of 16. Leroy was eligible for a football scholarship for college and in college he did well in football and he majored in parting. However, his grades suffered and when his college eligibility in football was up he decided to drop out of college. Shortly after he dropped out of college he met and married Rachel Rudow. He begins to work as a construction ...view middle of the document...
The doctor told him he could no longer continue to drink and if he continue he wouldn’t have very long to live. Leroy’s life centered on drinking, smoking cigarettes, and parting with his so called friends. Leroy thought that he was hanging out with the right group of friends and not realizing that they didn’t want him to do any better for himself. Leroy later discovered the he had emphysema. Leroy’s doctor gave him advice, but Leroy wouldn’t listen. At the age of 64, Leroy had a bad fall that placed him in a nursing facility.
Leroy’s strongest influences on his life were when he was in college. He had a goal in life. On the contrary if he had received counseling for his drinking at an early age, more than likely he would have been successful and received a degree from college instead of dropping out of school. He easily influenced people by being cunning and slick throughout school. Leroy’s substance abuse allowed him to become a weakness in all aspects of life. Because he could not resist alcohol, his life was destroyed. Also the fact of his wife leaving him caused more problems for him in the long run. College was a resource for him and could have provided him with a strong way out, however as stated before, it became a weakness because of his behavior, influences, and environment. The stress of having children by Jane also added tenuous on his life. His brother Elroy, to me could have been used as a resource to provide him a positive way out. To see that he had the opportunity to live better could have been a positive influence on his life if he would have taken the advice of others. The substance abuse as a whole had the strongest influence on his life and the turn for the worst.
Levinson’s theories states that a person’s life structure shapes and is shaped by the person’s environment and interactions. These components included the people, things,...