Family Matters “Blood runs thicker than water.” This is a common phrase used to describe the role in family. For some, this phrase is simple to uphold, but for others, such as the narrator in “Sonny’s Blues,” the phrase more difficult to apply. Only in the flashbacks of pain and sorrow that occur throughout the story does the narrator finally discover that he needs to not only aid Sonny, but understand his lifestyle to truly recognize that blood runs thicker than water. Although brothers tend to grow apart from each other as they grow older and begin separate lives, the narrator still finds that he should be his brother’s keeper, no matter what the circumstances. The story begins when the narrator reads about his younger brother, Sonny, being arrested for selling and using heroin.
The father and son relationships in both stories have different approaches with one another as well as different personality. In the “Stop the Sun”, the father has a difficult time sharing with his son what the main issue of his past
Grant Wiggins and Jefferson are the novel's dual protagonists. Their individual survivals depend on their mutual support. Although it is Jefferson's story, it is narrated by Grant, with the exception of Chapter 29, in which Jefferson is finally able to tell his story in his own voice, through his diary. And although Grant has taken on the monumental task of making Jefferson a man, as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Grant's fate is inextricably bound to Jefferson's. In order to help Jefferson "stand," Grant must first come to terms with his own inner demons, which threaten to make him an emotional cripple like his predecessor, Matthew Antoine.
This is done through the exploration of his parents’ lives during the holocaust. Leib Schreiber’s film everything is illuminated also has the same context, highlighting how the suppression of memory and the biased nature of history need each other to find a semblance of truth. The fiftieth gate is expressed mostly as a narrative with mark baker as the voice of authority. The novel is interspersed with fictional recreations of the past, based primarily on his parent’s recollections and the accounts of other survivors. These often fragmented memories emphasise both the complex relationship between history and memory, as well as bakers division within himself as both a historian and son.
The key motif in My Ántonia, as seen by Gelfant, is the regression of Jim into his memories of the past. Jim is telling a story about past events, but he reaches deeper than that alone. For both Jim and Cather time is cyclical, bound to return to itself. It is this return which Jim seeks. In The Professor’s House the professor sees himself in possession of two separate selves: his true, childhood self, and the secondary, manhood self.
Father-Son Relationships in Night The relationship between fathers and sons is a powerful theme in the novel Night written by Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel. The connections that fathers and son’s share are exposed first hand to Elie while other experiences are visualized. Though partial encounters are horrid and dreadful, Elie and his father do their absolute best to persevere the harsh times. Elie and his father remain extremely close in their long journey for survival. During the long run to Gleiwitz, he says, “My father’s presence was the only thing that stopped me from allowing myself to die .
Although the characters level of devotion varies in the three novels, it is still noted that each text has an inevitable relationship that further assists in solidifying the belief that the sense of obligation is apparent. Gilgamesh grows under the impression that his life is meaningless and furthermore feels extremely lonely due to his lack of friendships. He has a passion that correlates back to his hometown however, in the beginning of the novel he longs to capture the essence of a true friend. After the encounter with his new friend Enkidu, Gilgamesh feels responsible for taking advantage of his strength to save and prosper his kingdom. “He marches at the rear, defender of his comrades.
The Battle within the Dream Within "Battle Royal", by Ralph Ellison, Ellison was able to provide enough imagery through very detailed scenes to entail deeper meanings to certain symbols. These symbols stand within the story, and are stressed by the simple concept of repetition. The narrator's mind is filled with the thought of his speech and his grandfather's "curse", while he still ponders upon the American Dream. "And yet, I had begun to worry about my speech again", the speech itself is continues to come back and engulf the narrator, yet is used to accomplish the Dream and conquer the curse. (Ellison 282) Things of this nature are emotionally tied, yet holds a physical effect.
I’m more than all right. Finally.” Paul Fisher writes these words in his journal near the end of the novel Tangerine. His journey up to this point was filled with many choices: some made by him, and some made by his brother, Erik. * Statement of Intrigue Some things in life are just out of your control. You can control your own words, actions, and beliefs.
My Brother by Bruce Dawe is a very powerful and meaningful poem which has used various language techniques to shape my understanding of change. The poem conveys how the world around his brother is rapidly changing, but he brother cannot keep up with change. The poem is about the persona who