His parents actions when he was young left him with the idea that love and relationships are horrible and all it does is hurt us, he felt as if it’s not worth going through the pain and stress. He only saw the bad sides of love, and because of that, he kept himself from everyone; he never realised the good sides of love until later on in his life. Another main contrast between the two poems, is guilt. In both poems the poets both feel guilt, but in different ways. Harrison, who had a good and loving family life, felt guilty about the way he treated his father when mourning.
Look like all they want to do is knock you down.” Enoch tells Haze about his abusive father and this mean lady he lived with before he came there. It really makes me wonder if Enoch ever had anybody to talk to and that is why he is so strong on Haze; because Haze is listening. Enoch tells Haze that he has “wise blood”. “When he realized that today was the day he decided not to get up. He didn’t want to justify his daddy’s blood, he didn’t want to be always having to do something that something else wanted him to do, that he didn’t know what it was and that was always dangerous”(135).
He is afraid to show affection, as seen with Ezinma and Ikemefuna. In fact, he is so “possessed by the fear of his father’s contemptible life” (Achebe 18), that he does not heed Ezeudu’s advice regarding the death of Ikemefuna. Okonkwo is afraid of looking weak, so he kills Ikemefuna himself. His deep seated fear of resembling his father is stronger than even love for his adopted son. Okonkwo’s “whole life was dominated by […] fear of failure and of weakness” (Achebe 13), and while this initially aids him in his success, it is also the precise reason for all his immoral actions.
His father Baba thinks he is not tough enough; Amir allows Hassan to protect him when he is bullied. Amir worries that Baba does not like him because Amir's mother died giving birth to him. Amir also writes stories. His father is not very interested, but his friend Rahim Khan reads them and encourages him. Amir does not have the courage to talk to his dad or stand up for himself.
You would think because he missed his son’s birth, he would try to make up for it and be a great father. But he was never around to raise his son and do fatherly things with William, like teach him valuable life lessons and such. As an adult, William tried to let his father know that their relationship wasn’t steady because William only knew so much about his father, and the rest were fabrications. All he wanted to know was the truth, and Edward kept telling tall tales. This only caused the deteriorating relationship between father and son to
Marriage was more about picking the right in-laws than picking the right partner to love and live with. The point to marriage was to gain advantageous marriage connections with some value and avoid paying debts to others. Marriage became the main way that the upper classes consolidated wealth, forged military coalitions, finalized peace treaties, and gained claims to social status or political authority. Personally for myself I could never live in the twentieth century. I would have been a disgrace to my family and probably would have been disowned.
He has conflict in his mind that his family can never fit into his community, he also feels pressured to fit into his community hence he forces his family to adapt to the culture of the community for example, having to persuade his wife to carry out circumcision on his son on discovery that the youngest son Sajid was accidentally not circumcised as is preferred in Islam, Sajid is promptly taken to the hospital to get circumcised. He also expresses his embarrassment about his son Nazir
I feel that if Amir had known that Hassan was his brother, he would have never made the decision to put the money under Hassan bed which constituted to Ali’s and Hassan’s departure. Baba had never told Hassan that he was his son mainly because of his social class and the type of reputation he acquired. Baba hadn’t been able to take care of Hassan like he should have been. However, the discrepancy between Baba and the mother in the story is that Baba had repentance for what he was doing. With that I feel that the reader was able to feel some kind of pity for Baba.
Betrayal the simple act of violating trust, in the story of Caviar by T.C. Boyle, we can see many examples of betrayal. In the first part of Caviar the narrator introduces the main character which is he, the husband who played the role of a supportive man. The fact that his wife can’t have a baby made them think on several ideas of how to have a baby; however, it shows signs of betrayal that will be turned into reality. After he realizes that his wife cannot have children, the craving for her is reduced a great example is quote next, “My mind was racing.
His first downfall was not being able to have a child. He tried his hardest to be able to do so yet luck wasn’t on his side. As any man can say, being remembered as the guy who can’t get his own wife pregnant isn’t a good way to leave this earth. Regardless to the sorrow I feel towards him, I still believe he deserved worse. Despite him being the big disgrace of the town the years which he made girls suffer wasn’t enough.