“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.
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.
David no longer existed in his family, and he was now referred to as “The Boy”. Steven and Catherine’s marriage became worse over time, blamed onto David from many midnight beatings in the family kitchen. David was becoming even more resilient to his mother by just taking the beatings and waiting for her to run out of
His father being the great supported he was made his usual snide remarks gave him great comfort in knowing that he would succeed still. He just did not know where. With the strong feelings and lack of support he reluctantly returned to his home town in California. This turned out to be not such a bad experience. He gained employment at another law firm near his hometown.
This disgrace carries on throughout the story as Franklin is embarrassed and uncomfortable working at a fast food restaurant because of his high qualifications. He is confronted by a man in the bathroom whom the author assumes thinks that he got his girlfriend pregnant and never graduated high school. It is clear that Franklin is very self-conscious as he states, “I want to tell him that I'm in the top 5 percent of students at my college, that I am two semesters away from graduating, and that I'm on my way to grad school to get a Ph.D. in English literature” (25). Franklin hated the feeling of people looking down on him and pitying him because of his job. He could not see the
He got to his house and Joel took him up to his room ere they could talk in private. Joel didn’t have much time to talk because it was almost supper but Joel still doesn’t know about the job because they were talking about Samson while they were in his room. At supper they ate in peace but then Joel’s dad started to question him he blew and went on a tangent about the Romans and got kicked out of the house and didn’t complete his mission. Daniel was embarrassed and angry that he had failed so on his way back he ran into a roman while drinking water and Daniel gave the horse water and gave the man the same water so he kicked the bowl out of his hand. That made Daniel furious so he hurled the bowl at the Romans face and dashed away but while he was running he got nicked with a spear and hid in house for a while.
Scout has never seen snow before, and when she does, she is afraid. Many six-year-olds see something for the first time and are immediately scared of it. Another example of Scout’s immaturity happens on the first day of school when Scout has Walter Cunningham over for lunch. Scout explains, “Walter poured syrup on his vegetables and meat with a generous hand. He would probably have poured it into his milk glass had I not asked what the sam hill he was doing” (24).
He is ashamed of her foreign family and remembers with disgust how Jelka's father advised him on their wedding night to beat her once in a while, Their Marriage is not a nor mal because Jelka is quiet and spends her time making Jim's happy and taking care of the house. Jim's hot dinner is waiting no matter what time he comes in from the fields. Also, Jim makes no emotional connection with her and eventually looks elsewhere for companionship. Therefore, after a year of being bored with Jelka, Jim starts to long for the company of silly, chatty women and begins to go to the "Three Star," which is a brothel in Monterey where he often amused himself prior to his marriage. One particular Saturday night Jim decides to go to town and is meets his local farmer who tells him he found a slaughtered calf's remains with Jim's brand upon the hide.
First of all, Victor is very materialistic in that he just wants to receive, but giving. At the beginning of the story, even though losing the job before, Victor still returns to his old job to ask for money to bring his father back from Phoenix. After failing to have enough the amount of money he wants, Victor takes advantages from Thomas to have the rest of the amount of money he wants. Although Victor has received some money from his father’s bank account, which he cares more than his father, he does not give back anything to Thomas. When Victor and Thomas come to the trailer where people find Victor’s father, the first thing comes to Victor’s mind is there might be something valuable in there and where his father’ money is.
The main theme in “Free Burgers for Life”, by Ryan Boudinot, is that it is dangerous to be too reliant on others because eventually, everyone will have to survive alone. This is important because everyone will need to undergo some sort of change in their lifetime. Boudinot uses Big Dave’s restaurant to give Elliot a place to go to every day, making him too reliant on a place he will someday have to leave, giving him too much power for his own good. When he wins a drawing, he gets a free deluxe cheeseburger,