My Papa’s Waltz Summary Lines 1-2 The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; Judging by the title, the person addressed in these lines is the small boy's father, and the small boy is our speaker. The father has been drinking whiskey, and not just a little. He's so drunk that even the smell of his breath could make a small boy, like his son, feel a bit woozy. These lines show that the poem will address the father in the second person, referring to him as "you." But we don't think he's actually there with the boy because, after all, we hear nothing back from the man.
The language and phrasing makes the poem seem strong and abrasive. For example the son is described to cling to his father “like death”. This reflects a negative sentence when really the son is holding to his father as to not fall to the ground when his father dances around the kitchen. I reasoned that there was a strong relationship between them. It is also important to note that the father had been drinking.
Now this is the side of the story that I see, and the theme for this said would be the importance of family. This could be the theme for this subject because in the poem the boy seems to truly enjoy the horse play with his father, as it says in the poem “Then waltzed me off to bed / Still clinging to your shirt” (15-16), which shows he wants to keep playing and not go to bed. The other theme/subject is a little darker, where it seems that a drunken father comes home late one night to beat on his son. The theme for this subject is simple, “Abuse”, as this shows a young boy being beat. An example of this in the poem is when it says, “The hand that held my wrist / Was battered on one knuckle” (9-10), which shows the boy is being beat.
“My Papa’s Waltz” The vagueness of “My Papa’s Waltz” makes it difficult to be certain what it is about. Some might argue that the poem is a tale of child abuse, but it is more likely telling the story of a father and son’s horseplay. “The whiskey on your breathe could make a small boy dizzy.” This line doesn’t refer to the father as being stumbling drunk. Many people have an evening drink without getting drunk. “But I hung on you like death.” The boy holds on like his life depends on it because he is having so much fun, not because he is terrified as it may seem.
Good Morning brothers and sisters. Going into to the world is an evident subject explored within the film Billy Elliot. The story is about a young boy who finds his passion for ballet in a stereotypical world in the 80s. Billy Elliot is a person we can all relate too. His home life isn't the greatest - he has lost his mother and his father Jackie is an alcoholic and cannabis smoker.
A child danced out of the mines ‘Billy Elliot’ directed by Stephen Daldry is about a child called Billy, who is the son of a miner. Billy’s father, Jackie Elliot (Gary Lewis) refuses to believe that Billy loves ballet. Tony Elliot (Jamie Draven) follows his father’s opinion believing that Men do football, or boxing, or wrestling not friggin ballet. This family drama with its stunning cast, soundtrack, and memorable symbols, these reinforces the idea of following one’s dream no matter what obstacles. ‘Billy Elliot’ tells the story of a young 11 year old boy, born into a miner’s family during the 1984 British miner’s strike.
Brittney Lindsey Professor Howard English 102 29 Mar 2013 Journal 1 In The poem “My Papa Waltz”, the relationship between the speaker and his father is an abnormal relationship, his father is engaging his child in his drunken activities .Before the child drifts of to sleep, he gets the opportunity to dance with his father .The Father is so drunk that the alcohol on his breath second handily intoxicates his son and makes him dizzy along with the fast paced dancing. Even though this dancing is an annoyance to his mother, and the child is well aware of this. The son continues to hold on to his drunken father in comfort no matter what the circumstances are. I feel like the son is gaining comfort from his father because, he may not receive any attention at all from his father when he is sober and this is his only opportunity to bond with his father even though he is intoxicated with alcohol. In “The Secretary’s Chant” The speaker turns herself into a machine in comparison to the objects that surround her in her everyday scene as a secretary.
We see this when Mrs. Wilkonson (Julie Walters) visits and argues about Billy's dancing with Tony and Jackie, we see him run away and there is a montage of him dancing in his courtyard. This shows that instead of screaming, he can dance and calm down. The technique used in this scene is when Billy kicks down the door, he would not normally be able to kick it down but it emphasizes the anger he has. On Christmas day, Billy and Michael (Stuart Wells) are
I think that Jackie feels that Billy now is a shame for the family, because of what he is doing, and he cannot really see why Billy should do something as ridiculous as ballet. Jackie changes his mind about ballet, when he sees Billy dancing in the boxing hall, with one of his friends, and after Billy has told his father, how much he loves ballet. Jackie opens up his eyes, and
It was like night and day as weekdays turned into weekends and father figures turning me into an agitated and frusterated kid. He would pour his rum mixed with cubes of ice as he poured his orange juice to sweeten the bitterness. Sanders uses a reference of Theodore Roethke's lines of his father saying "The Whiskey on your breath could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death" quoted in Sanders essay placed me back into my childhood as his slurred words whipped through my nose and fueled my anger. He saw it in my face every time as he also became agitated and complaining about hes first thoughts about life