Luan Nguyen Professor Dodge English 1302 6 February 2012 This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona Critical Analysis In Sherman Alexie’s “This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona” the main character Victor just got fired from his job and also learned that his father had just passed away. He needed help and money to go to Phoenix to claim his father’s ashes and belongings. This help came from the town’s outcast, Thomas Builds-The Fire. Victor and Thomas were best friends during their childhood but as they grew older, Victor turned his back on his best friend all because he was considered “weird” by everyone. The purpose of the journey was to gather his father’s remains instead turned into a journey reviewing his life and choices.
Two Faces of Evil The Boy in Striped Pajamas is about a young boy, named Bruno, who discovers the horrors of the Nazis, but denies it because he respects Germany as his own country and he respects his father. Night is about Elie Wiesel’s adventure through the concentration camps. Wiesel is a jew who was sent to Auschwitz and he and his family got separated, but his dad stayed at his side. Six months before Wiesel was liberated, his dad died and was carted off. Both of these stories are alike.
Lucky seems happy to be working for Dove as well as living with him and there seem to be a light ahead for him. Yet after a couple of deals gone wrong, and the breaking of a rule Dove had made, Lucky is shot in the head. Firstly I want to discuss if his lifestyle was chosen by himself or if it just was a path he was set upon. Lucky is only fifteen years old. He’s living at home in the beginning, but gets kicked out by his parents because of his drug addiction.
He must find a way to get to Phoenix, Arizona to recover the remains of his father. Without a job and having a family as poor as he is, Victor approaches the Tribal Council for help to get him to Phoenix. The tribe is only willing to provide Victor with a check for one hundred dollars to help. I can imagine that otherness could be a factor in whether or not the Tribal Council offered him money. If he had had a greater status, maybe they would have offered him more.
White begins his essay by utilizing epiphanies in “Once More to the Lake”. He first receives an insight to the reality of his vacation. White describes, “I began to sustain the illusion that he was I, and therefore, by simple transposition, that I was my father” (2). He realizes that he has taken his father’s place. However, White continues to relive his childhood throughout his vacation because he is not ready to accept that he is a middle-aged man.
As quoted by Linda Dunlap, chairwoman of the psychology department at Morist College, men are starting to say, “I’m working my tail off to get ahead, for the most part of my family, but I’m not spending anytime with my family. This doesn’t make sense.” It’s not fair for working fathers to be overwhelmed with work and not able spend time with their families, which they obviously deserve. In the second half of the article, Parker focuses on Brian Wills, a stay-at-home-dad who had left his job in order to stay at home with his children. Wills picked up work as a freelance copywriter and became more involved in his children’s lives; spending an equal amount of time with each of them,
Ever since the accident he drank more and more Vodka. That morning he looked out of his window and saw a spaceship take off, which reminded him of how he used to work at Gattaca. Jerome always wondered what his parents thought of him, the last time he saw his parents was before the accident. Jerome figured that they would be angry and disappointed because he was supposed to be the perfect human being. The next day Jerome went and visited Gattaca to remember what it was like to work there and to be appreciated.
I was scared death that if I did fail I would be a disappointment to him, but not just to him, but to my myself or even disgrace to the families name, see the place that I worked was called Thrasher’s arts studio. It was around my sophomore year and I was asked to help my dad. I worked the cash register, and was his secretary and if a new painting came out I got to pack gage the print. I did whatever I was told. As I got older I got to do a little more things like drive my dad around, and help deliver my grandpas paintings.
B 1. Larry talks like a man, “Next morning I woke at my usual hour, feeling like a bottle of champagne” (161). This’s so funny because Larry is a kid and he’s never drank alcohol, but he acted as if he has an experience about that. 2. When Larry gets mad at his parents, he said “they really made my blood boil” (164).
When Hally was young his father “was dead drunk on the floor of the Central Hotel Bar” and Sam helped Hally bring him home. Hally’s father being him left a big empty space in Hally’s heart of a father figure missing and Sam slowly un knowingly started to heal and close the small hole. Sam would always be there for him and with Hally being always disappointed and sad he knew that no matter what Sam would find a way to heal Hally, like with the kite scene where he made him feel hope and