The boy is feeling compassion toward Ely. The feeling the boy has toward Ely is helping the father feel maybe some compassion for him too. He doesn’t trust anyone but the way his son is acting with the old man seems to be changing the way the father feels. The boy also encounters the feeling of being scared. He doesn’t want to be into danger or have his father in danger.
In both stories, the father figures are the people who lead the families to solve their problems. In Guest’s novel, Calvin Jarrett, Conrad Jarrett’s father, plays a big role in healing his family. He really wants Con to heal and become himself again after the accident. With Con’s attempted suicide, Cal is sparked to rethink his life. He questions
Pre-reading Questions 1. Some connotations of the word “father” are: loving, courageous, proud, diligent, and supportive. 2. Children expect their fathers to be the central pillar that supports the whole family through even the hardest of times. Theme Paragraph for “The Father” In the short story, “The Father”, by Hugh Garner, the father (John Purcell) moves from being selfish and ignorant to realizing he is the one who has created a void between his son (Johnny) and himself.
This shows that the boy loves his father and doesn’t believe he should sacrifice anything for him. Another scene that shows this type of love is when the man reads the boy a book. This scene could be interpreted in many ways, such as the man helping the boy escape from reality. This could also be interpreted as the man showing love towards his son and the son showing that he loves him too. This scene could be symbolic to an ideal picture of family and love, with a father reading to his son next to a warm fire.
He steals this natural right from his son by making him believe he had a different father his entire life. Another injustice carried out by a father happens with the unfair love Adam shows to Aron over Cal; somewhat similar to how Baba treats his boys. In order for children to feel safe and nurtured they must feel loved as well. Cal is always trying to impress his dad and make up for any mistakes he makes. He accepts the death of his brother as his fault, claiming he is the reason he joined the army.
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.
From this, both young boys learn about courage, the preciousness of life and about forgiveness. The Gran Torino and black coat are both symbols of the men themselves. The Gran Torino shows that Walt is a man who is well kept with charm whom though has been hiding away for many years. The black coat shows that Elijah is a man who is hiding something, a man who is different from the rest. In this instance it is seen that whilst neither Joe nor his father learned anything positive from his actions, Joe, Elijah, Walt and Thao all learn from each other as a result of the elders Post Traumatic Stress.
A World of Guilt: Amir’s Struggle to Become a Better Man In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir struggles to become a man. His idealization of manhood is largely derived from the influence of his father his primary role model, Baba. Baba is a strong, assertive and confidant man in Amir’s eyes and despite their differences, Amir strives to embody this type of masculinity. However, Amir only becomes a better man when he is broken down and beaten into a humble man. Amir’s relationship to his mother, father and half brother, Hassan, are guilt ridden and strained.
From the opening pages, McCarthy depicts the love and protection the father has for his son as they continue their impossible journey. McCarthy successfully depicts this relationship’s growth, while writing the same high standards for despair that he is most known for. Through the “dark and the cold of the night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him” (3). In just the first sentence, McCarthy manages to outline the entire story. In a world that God has abandoned, where the sun no longer shines through the ashes, the hope that the father and his son will survive ultimately gives the reader something to look forward to.
When reading Cormac McCarthy's excellent The Road, I couldn't help being struck by the contrasts between the two characters. The young boy is innocent, hopeful, accepting, trusting, and always looks for the goodness in other people and strives to help the less fortunate despite his own desperate circumstances. His father, on the other hand, is world-wise and world-weary, suspicious, guarded and fearful even as he tries to project a face of optimism to his son on their journey along the endless road and toward an indeterminate future. The son has never known any world other than the bleak wasteland through which they traverse, and accepts things as they are. His father, endlessly remembering what things were like before, and being painfully