Wesley lives under the shadow of his brother Frank and as the story progresses he is slowly escaping it. However, despite Wesley’s wilted physique and lack of superiority in the Hayden family hierarchy, he possesses a great deal of moral virtue and mental strengths. First of all, Wesley’s leg injury leads to other factors to develop Wesley as a better and stronger man. In his life he goes through many obstacles, such as his failure to go to war, and thus becoming the underdog of the Hayden family. This is discovered when the patriarch, Julian Hayden, says to his son Wesley “Ever since the war…Ever since Frank came home in a uniform and you stayed home, you’ve been jealous” (118).
Jasmine Rodriguez A Handful of Dates While growing up you have to experience something in your life to realize the lessons in life. In the story “A Handful of Dates “ by Tayeb Salih explains on how dates have a meaning to Muslims. It is also about a young boy who looks up to his grandfather. The boy wants to be just like his grandfather because he thinks he is good he compares his grandfather to the river. There was a lot of tension between the two characters Masood and the grandfather because they have a bad past because Masood treated the grandfather wrong.
One of the most interesting reoccurring topics in the story is Rodriguez’s relationship with his parents. At first, his parents did not understand why he was so fascinated with knowledge (found in his books) “But at home I would hear my mother wondering ‘what do you see in your books?’…”(Pg. 26) as his parents started as poor, working class immigrants. His father especially misunderstood Rodriguez’s yearning for education “College! He snarled.
The theme is also a father’s desire to protect his son. He shows anger and harshness towards the nettles seen through the harsh t and d letters and also his use of enjambment; however he shows tenderness and love towards his son through using soft s sounds. He tries to protect he child but soon realises he can’t. He had an intense passion towards protecting his child, he seeks revenge but he is regretful that he can’t protect his child from everything. His last line emphasises this regret but also acceptance that his son has to go through life feeling sharp wounds.He wants to protect his son, it shows the connection and bound between father and son and the closeness of their relationship.
My Father Life by Raymond Carver & Homecoming with Turtle by Junot Diaz The stories of both Raymond Carver’s father and Junot Diaz are stories of men who tried their best to do the right things for others yet someone managed to do the wrong things for themselves. Raymond Carver Seniors life was the life of a man and his family who had to experience struggle just to get through life, he always worked as a laborer and had both a drinking problem and an infidelity problem. Raymond Carver Senior after all of this was a noble man who tried his best to help out his family move to better circumstances and support his son’s dream of becoming a writer. The story of Junot Diaz’s trip was the story of a man and his girlfriend on a “doomed for disaster” trip. He starts off having to reveal his infidelity and ends up injured by a turtle shell decoration.
Been happy as a lark since the day I retired”. These turn of events also have foreshadowed what happened to his father earlier in the novel where he used to be a “great butler” but he slowly deteriorated and regretted not showing how much he loved his son, which is what is happening to Stevens “I’ve given what I had to give.” he regrets not telling Miss Kenton how he felt about her and he s made many mistakes but it seems he won’t follow the same path his father did. He learns how important human affection is “it is not such a foolish thing to engage in” and how much he has missed out because of his lack of emotions “they are laughing together merrily. It is curious how people can build such warmth among themselves so swiftly.” He missed out on a life with Miss Kenton. Symbolism of evening times connects with Stevens’ life “the evening is the most enjoyable part of the day.” “I should cease looking back so much, that I should adopt a more positive outlook and try to make the best of what remains of my day”.
For example, on page 237 in the textbook, it says: “It had always been hard for them to talk for more than a minute or two before his father got offended at something Luis said, or at his sarcastic tone. He was always doing something wrong.” Eventually, though, he realizes that his father does care a lot about his dead wife, and that he never got over her death. What helps Luis realize this was his falling in love with Naomi. A sentence from the story supports Luis’ realization: “Luis worked and worked, beginning to understand a little why his father kept busy all the time.” The main theme for this story is simple: love can change people. In the second story, “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” the main character, the narrator, is in love with a girl, who isn’t at all like him.
When writing this short story Hemingway feared that he was losing his talent. Very much so as Harry has regrets about running away from his talent of writing and turning towards rich women. Quoting Hemingway himself, “politics, women, drink, money and ambition” damage American writers. All these aspects are brought up throughout the story when Harry is reflecting on his adventures before “he had traded away what remained of his old life”. Hemingway as many others experienced war in his life which led to question morals and philosophy.
Woodifield looks older than he is and he is perhaps thin also since the story describes him as frail. His friend is the opposite of him. He’s older, working, drinking and smoking on a daily basis. Through the story, you get the impression that he’s really successful l but this is until you get a glimpse of his personal life. When Mr.Woodifield starts talking about the “bosses” dead son and how well kept his grave is you could almost directly feel the change of his feeling and how he’s reacting to Mr.Woodifield words.
Christmas Festival falls on 25th day of December every year and commemorate the birth of Lord Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity. Christian community across the globe celebrate Christmas with faith, joy and enthusiasm. Celebrations for Christmas begin on the eve of Christmas on 24th December and continue till New Year's Day. During this entire period people make merry, party with friends and exchange seasons greetings and gifts with dear ones. High point of Christmas Festival celebrations include decoration of Christmas Tree, Christmas cakes, carols, and the jolly old Santa Claus - the mythical character who brings gifts for children.