However, Tobias Wolff may just be the most truthful liar ever to write. When a person lacks a complete idea of himself, he tries to fill in the blanks. Giving off statements that he somehow hopes to complete the question of his personality, whether it is true or not, he states it as fact. In one instance, Toby is given a Winchester .22 rifle by his mother’s ex boyfriend, Roy. He is instantly fascinated by not only the rifle itself, but the power it portrays.
Ned Merrill is somewhat unlike any other hero we have read about this semester. Ned lives the “big life” in a suburban neighborhood where everyone “…[drinks] too much…” (Cheever 23). He was in his own little world all the time, mostly because of all the liquor he drinks. His life was “not confining and the delight he took in this observation could not be explained by its suggestion of escape” (24). Many may not see Ned as a hero at all but on the contrary, he actually is, in a way.
It was full of screens and your face would appear on it. Something I had never seem and I was very curious about it. I was so attractive by all that technology that I wasn’t paying attention at all to where my family was. When I was done admiring the place I took a look around. I walked inside of the place looking for them and nothing.
The novel is about these boys growing up and changing at Devon. Throughout the novel each character undergoes some drastic change which cause them to lose their innocence and gain a foreign characteristic that they use to protects themself from the thing which made them lose their innocence. In A Separate Peace John Knowles shows that as time passes the purity of everything vanishes. For example, “..... or else, like Quackenbush, strike out at it always and everywhere, or else like Brinker develop a careless general resentment against is, or else, like Leper, emerge from a protective cloud of vagueness only to meet it, the horror, face to face, and give up the struggle absolutely”(194). This show that all of Gene’s friends, Gene being the antagonist and main narrator of A Separate Peace, lost their purity, their innocence by gaining a contrary Terry 2 characteristic.
The theme in “Cranes” is friendship can overcome any argument, even if it’s during a war and you have to take your old childhood friend to his death. I think the universal theme in both stories is that war is pointless, people follow orders blindly, and it reduces human beings to mere objects. They have no names, no faces. They are targets, nothing more, to be shot at from a
Additionally, Gene makes an effort to do what is morally right in several cases in order to rival Phineas’s natural goodness. For instance, Gene attempts to tell Phineas that is was he who caused Phineas to fall out of the tree when he visits Phineas at his home. He thinks about what Phineas would do in a case where he has harmed a friend, and decides that the morally correct thing to do would be to confess. Another example of Gene’s attempts at doing what is right occurs after Phineas falls down the stairs and Gene goes to visit him in the infirmary. Here, Gene feels obligated to be there for his best friend because this is what he feels Phineas would do for him.
Therefore, parents should allow their teenagers some room to make mistakes as all mistakes contain seeds of learning (Dweck). It is only by learning from past mistakes that teenagers will not continue to repeat them, so as long as the parents can see that their teenager is taking responsibility of their mistakes then there is no need for them to step in and interfere. Adults also think that they have ‘reared’ their children instead of raising them to become an independent person. On the same token, they want them to listen and obey to their words as a way of repaying their efforts to raise them up into a decent human being. For instance, parents strain their children to become an astronaut meanwhile their children want to become a doctor.
“The best way to learn about mistakes is to make them. Only when making mistakes can we experience the emotions of regret etc. and it is these emotions that we learn to avoid, and will avoid by not making the same mistakes. A parent telling their teenager about these mistakes is not as effective. Therefore, parents should allow their teenagers room to make mistakes.
Praise and Punishment: The Effects on Children -Jessica Broome We cannot teach children how to be successful adults by simply finding ways to make them obedient. When children do what they are told simply because they will either be rewarded or punished, they are being “obedient”. We want children to practice good behavior even when we are not there to offer a reward or dole out a punishment. As suggested by “insufficient punishment”, children will only change their behavior temporarily when the punishment is severe. This is also true of rewards.