Poolman Draft Essay

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name English Professor 22 March 2012 Devotion, Acceptance and Love in Mario Garcia’s “Poolman” Imagine a parent looking over their beautiful son sleeping at night and admiring his future possibilities. Most parents would imagine their son being a firefighter, doctor, or even the President. However, no matter how normal Jose’s son Michael looked to Jose, he knew that his son would never be capable of being any of these. This is Jose’s reality in Mario Garcia’s short story, “Poolman”. The story is about a boy born with autism and Jose a single father raising him throughout his daily life struggles with society. The time, love, and devotion a father gives his disabled boy cannot cure him but help him get by each day. Mario Garcia’s short story, “Poolman” argues that although society may believe that raising a disabled child is a tragic sacrifice, it is mutually beneficial. The story also argues that society does not always understand how to treat a disabled person. The story finally argues that the love of a parent is powerful enough to overlook nature’s flaws. Mario Garcia’s short story, “Poolman”, argues that although society may believe that raising a disabled child is a tragic sacrifice, it is mutually beneficial. The story explains Jose’s devotion to Michael who “needed constant attention, constant vigilance.” Although he was only seven, Jose knew that “there was no end in sight” (Garcia 5). It doesn’t matter to Jose that Michael has disabilities; Jose still has unconditional love for Michael, and he enjoys raising him like how any father would enjoy raising their child. Everything that Michael’s father does is in a positive effort to help Michael to be a normal kid. Despite the stress he endures, Jose still wants the same opportunities as the other kids. Although Jose is dedicated to Michael’s well being, he still finds time to enjoy his own activities

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