Rule Of The Bone Quotes

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Kyle Raffio The Father Figures of Bone In the novel, Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks, Chapman Dorsett “Chappie” Also known as bone is on a journey to find his true father. Throughout the novel he comes across several parental figures including Ken, Paul, I-Man who has mad strong impressions on him. They contributed to his growth and maturity which ultimately leads him to the discovery of his true self. I-Man influenced Bone in many ways. He was able to change Bone from a life of crime where he was stealing and dealing drugs. I-Man showed him how to work for food and money. For example, I-Man taught him how to plant crops and how to coo which later he would find a place to work. “I-man a practicing Rastafarian becomes a father figure…show more content…
Before Bone met I-Man he was living in a trailer park with his mother who neglected him and his father who did not only physically abused him, also emotionally abused him. This makes Bone suicidal and he starts to fall apart. Bone begins to smoke marijuana to feel numb and relieve the pain he has been living with for so long. “For Chappie, the weed is marijuana. He doesn’t think twice about ransacking his house when he finds himself penniless and eager to get high, for life with his stepfather and mother has been edgy for sometime”(Hulbert 3). The quote shows how he is desperate to smoke because of the pain he has been feeling at home; also he will do anything he can do to get high. Chappie stole his mother’s coins and he began to sell them to a pawn shop in order to buy his weed. “Bone, as we have Ben alerted at the start and informed in graphic detail in the middle of the book, has been sexually abused by his stepfather--who threatens him again, a last straw that helps propel Bone to Jamaica” (Hulbert 4). Before Bone went to Jamaica with I-Man, Bone confronts Ken when he is drunk and tells Bone that he wants to “fuck him right; when Ken tries to get near Bone, Bone pulls a gun on him. Bone tells him that if he took another step he will shoot him and one was hoping that he would because he has wanted to do it for a while. After this come across Bone decides to…show more content…
Paul is Bone’s real father who left him and his mother when Bone was three years old. Paul is the second worst father figure to Bone after Ken. We see this because when Bone first met him in Jamaica, Pail did not care about Bone’s appearance. Bone stated that"he pulled off my Doo rag and studied my dace for a second and kept on grinning like he’s actually ecstatic to see me.”(banks 282). Also while in Jamaica, pail tries to get Bone to do cocaine with him but Bone refuses. The event that most affected Bone was when Bone caught I-Man with Evening Star, and he told his Father. “well, Bone, I’m going to have to kill him... Because what’s mine is mine. That’s the rules I live by, Bone.” (302). When Bone heard his father say this he felt a sense of betrayal towards I-Man who has done so much for him. After Paul got people to kill I-Man over a dispute in payment, Bone wuld never be able to forgive his father, because I-Man was his only true friend and the man he looked up to and now that I-Man is gone, Bone has no one left. The reason why they killed I-Man was because he was black. This shows that Paul could never be a good father to Bone because he is not only a racist but he lives the life that Bone Originally tried to
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