When President Obama moved to the White House, a Five Guys staffer suggested sending him a T-shirt. “That’s cheap!” Murrell shot back. Playing coy worked, and soon Obama, trailed by TV cameras, stopped by a store. He ordered a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, fresh jalapeños, and mustard — a classic example of Five Guys’ formula that sells 2 million burgers a week and was named Zagat’s “best fast food burger” for 2010. For this reporter, evaluating the burger first-hand was problematic: I’ve been a vegetarian for more than a dozen years.
“Reunion” by John Cheever is a short story about Charlie who hasn’t seen his father since his parents’ divorce. So on his way back to his mother’s house he schedules a lunch with his father. Yet Charlie’s view on his father changes when his father continually has problems controlling his bad attitude. In “Powder and “Reunion” the authors use father/son relationships, point of view and conflict to portray to the reader that almost all father and son relationships have their flaws. In the two short stories it seems as if the sons’ relationships with their father were quite different, but they also had their similarities because both of them cared for their son.
They are no longer the important aspect of his life as all focus shifts to himself to become important to others who seemingly don’t care about him. Helen’s response to a company friend stating, “I know how much you will miss him,” with “I already have” shows the significance of her and the family moving on from Phil and his workaholic self. Later, while attending Phil’s funeral, the company president asks, “Who’s been working the hardest?” and provides the audience a sense that nobody noticed Phil’s hard work and dedication to the company, making Phil appear invisible to the people he was intending to impress. By doing this, Goodman illustrates the
Through dialogue and tone we understand that Homer is quite distant from his father. After his father saves the miner’s life Homer proudly says, “That’s my dad,” but as his dad starts to yell at the miner, he again says, “That’s my dad” but this time with an embarrassed tone. Through this technique we are able to see that while Homer wants to be proud of his dad because of his lack of compassion he feels uncomfortable and uneasy around him. This scene is also shown in a very dark and dull colour, which reflects how Homer feels coldness towards his father compared to the rest of his bright life. When John Hickam sees his son and enquires to how the football training went, close camera angles show us the disappointment that Homer experiences on his face and as the camera cuts back to John we see how he thinks his son is weak.
After believing that his race is inferior for so long, Mike Pedro has finally discovered that being Filipino is not so bad after all. Ever since his friends mocked him at school for packing “Asian” food for lunch, he started feeling insecure about his ethnicity and even his own identity. Who is he, really? That is the question he asked himself every day from then on. The thoughts of his friends degrading him for eating “Asian” food for lunch dwelled in his subconscious for months, or perhaps even years.
Unexpectedly, Quoyle was informed that “[Petal] took the kids and went off with that guy in the red Geo” (Proulx 22). Quoyle’s loneliness caused by his lost relationship takes a toll on his self-esteem, which is evident when his daughter Bunny says “‘Petal said Dad is dumb’ […] ‘Everyone is dumb about some things,’ said Quoyle” (Proulx 39). It is clear that the love Quoyle maintains for Petal after her deceiving departure is so great that it is enough to surpass the importance of his own self-esteem. To have reached such a point, it shows the amount of loneliness Quoyle endures and its impact on his self-opinion. Additionally, Quoyle’s unattractive chin, the part of his body that he was conscious and afraid of showing, is a symbol of self-respect.
He figures this out when visiting his old home in California. He was furious. This was untruthful of his dad, and that's one thing that Chris hates most. Because of this incident he stopped talking to either of his parents and was withdrawn for the first time in his life. “Chris's smoldering anger, it turns out was fueled by a discovery he'd made two summers earlier, during his cross-country wanderings... Chris pieced together the facts of his father's previous marriage and subsequent divorce-facts to which he hadn't been privy.” (p. 121) This is not good mainly for Chris and his dad's relationship and also his mom and him.
We are introduced from the beginning of Raymond Carver’s Cathedral to a man that seems to be perturbed and agitated. The husband “ wasn’t enthusiastic about [Robert] visit, he was no one [he] knew. And his being blind bothered [him].” (20) He is uninterested in the relationship that Robert has with his wife. (21) The only reason he knows any thing about Robert is because she told him, he didn’t ask and didn’t care to know. We see how selfish and self centered the narrator is as he has thoughts of, “this blind man” “coming to sleep in [his] house” and telling his wife “maybe [he] could take him bowling” (22).
Even when they were on the hunting trip Kenny and Frank brought pizza, a couple candy bars, sandwiches and some more chocolate. While Tub ate a hardboiled egg and some celery. That Tub is cheating on his diet and Kenny is just a reminder of his own wrong doings. Tub shooting Kenny also brought Tub and Frank closer. They confided in one another after the shooting, about the things Kenny was joking about.
They breathed. German and Jewish lungs.” (Zusak 238) Max writes this story for Liesel to show her that he acknowledges that she cares for him a lot and that he feels the same way. It is hard for someone of Max’s state and condition to not feel immense hatred; in his case, it is directed at the Fuhrer, and he teaches Liesel this hatred in a controlled way. Max tells Liesel,” Every night, I wait in the dark and the Fuhrer comes down these steps. He walks down and he and I, we fight for hours.” (Zusak 255) Hatred and a longing to fight the Fuhrer is understandable for Max who is a Jew; however, he rightfully teaches Liesel, a German, to despise the dictator too.