He doesn’t believe he can do better than the grades he’s currently making. He also doesn’t believe that hanging out with his friends affects his performance in school. Jim holds low standards for himself. It seems as if he’s afraid that he is a disappointment to his father and will never be as good as he wants him to be. 2.
Willy’s reaction symbolizes his betrayal to his family, and his failure of the American dream. Willy never acknowledges his failures to others. Charley offers him a job, but he refuses because of personal pride. Accepting a job from Charley would establish personal failure. Even when asking for a raise, he lies to his boss and say’s his boys are doing well knowing they cannot provide for him.
In Greg’s story, his teacher skips him in turn for the community chest. Greg was extremely hurt by this, so he decided to act. By doing this however, he may have just darkened his own life. The teacher comments on how Gregory doesn’t have a dad right after he tries to put some of the money in the chest and say it was from his father. Gregory may have actually thought that he was going to buy a dad.
Wily treated his wife with no respect when they were together around their sons. When they were alone he treated his wife with love respect and courtesy. I think Wily did that because he just wanted to connect more with his son without his wife interrupting them. I feel wives back then were treated like that but stayed with their man because a family and a marriage was the most important thing back then. Women now days are more independent and know if they are treated that way then they should leave.
He named himself a “scholarship boy”; a student with poor resource coming from an uneducated family who live in a foreign country but who has an enormous desire to improve himself. Unfortunately, to achieve his goal he forces himself to get apart from his own culture and his family. The miss of education of his parents was not helpful for him until the point that he felt dissatisfied and embarrassed of them. Even thought, they were always behind him; to make his success possible, “they evened the path” he said (627). His parents’ goals were really admirable.
Maybe he feels a sense of guilt for being selfish in his own desires to become wealthy and successful and wishes he had realized that his parents, the people he owes so much to, still need love and affection. Richard Rodriguez’s attitude about Christmas is doubly layered. He is fond of “the Christmas one remembers having once,” but he realizes that it is fruitless to try to regain the old spirit of the holidays when the family has changed so much since then. Rodriguez is resignedly nostalgic about his family, and the ways in which they do not reflect their past selves
His ex-friend Bennie Reid taught Paul that sometimes relationships ‘just happen’ even though Paul did not like the prospect of befriending Bennie largely because of his position in the social hierarchy, he still could not abandon Bennie and be left with nobody. Paul’s relationship with Keller is therefore very important to him because although Paul might be at the bottom of the school hierarchy along with Bennie, he is as his parents often remind him, a talented musician. The maestro sees Paul’s arrogance for what it is and conversely devises his teaching methods to suit the position at which Paul was at. As this was initially an insult to Paul the relationship started with no mutual respect, Keller having respect for no one in his surroundings treated his student as he would anyone else. Paul’s first impressions of Keller are ‘Misleading, of course’ and that he is a bad teacher because of Keller’s patronisation.
Alex Wagner Hobbs ENC1101 1 October 2014 Summary and Personal Perspective Essay “In response he expected us to play the part of an enthusiastic family, but we were unwilling to resume our old roles” (44). In life, unreliable people surround us. These people often break promises, bringing disappointment to others. Sometimes the undependable person may not realize the disappointment the empty promises bring to others. Like in the quote from “The Ship Shape” by David Sedaris, the father expected the family to be excited about the promises, but instead they were disappointed because they had been let down numerous times.
Milkman resents his privileged life as a child for it has kept him from understanding other people. In his moment of reflection he criticizes himself fairly and begins to admit to his wrongdoings. Putting on his military uniform in place of his lavish suit symbolizes Milkman’s transformation
When I was in the high school, my father and I did not get along with each other. What my father told me did not make sense to me, and what I say did not seem to make sense to my father. I thought his ideas were too obsolete. The time has changed; what was true when my father was young is no longer true. However, as I attend college and live by myself, I realized he was right to some extent, and his words came out because he also cared about my future as much as I do.