The relationship between Bad Blake and his son along with Jeans son also played an important part of the book and film. Jean and her son Buddy become a catalyst for Blake beginning to get his life back on track in the book and in the film version. In the movie, Jean suggests that Blake call his son, but his son does not want a relationship with him. This part of the film was not in the book. In the story, Blake drives to Los Angeles to see his estranged son for the first time in over twenty years, but his son wants nothing to do with him.
As a child, his family moved frequently, and he had frail health as well. “When he was young, his father died and left Bret and his mother alone.”(Online-Literature.com). This was just one of the many personal issues Harte had to deal with growing up. His Formal schooling ended when he was only 13, I’m not sure if that was normal in the 1800’s or not though. This would have been very tough on a young boy in the time-frame Harte grew up in.
However, Wes Moore who grows up to be the author was raised by a single mother because his father passes away due to a misdiagnosis. The other’s Wes Moore dad is not a part of his son’s life by choice. The author’s mother is a college graduate, prioritized education, and fight to find her son opportunities when she see that he is struggling to find the right path. The other Wes Moore’s mother never wants her sons to end up involved in drugs and robbery, but is unable to meaningfully intervene. Wes Moore, whose mother places him in private school, feels stuck between two words: his rich classmates and the kids in the neighborhood.
Guilt. This would explain why Conrad doesn’t have a connection with his mother because he never received praising for his accomplishments. The character Calvin in the movie is Conrad’s father and he experiences Ego Integrity vs. Despair in Erickson’s theory. Throughout the movie Calvin becomes more and more aware of what kind of relationship his wife and son, Conrad have and after the death of his oldest son he realizes what kind of person his wife is.
The theme is revealed through rebellion, love, and experience. In the beginning of this story, John Grady is a naïve teenager who does not yet know very much about life. When John learns his mother is yearning to leave the ranch that was inherited by the death of his grandfather to pursue an acting career. His first reaction is to try to convince her to let him run the ranch himself but, his request was denied. In his effort to stop the selling of the ranch, he learns from a lawyer that his father and mother are divorced.
The importance of family is shown throughout the film where Koiki’s decisions are inspired by his family. Towards the beginning of the film, Koiki and Bonita are denied a hotel room, because of their race. Koiki tells Bonita, that he doesn’t “wanna raise (his son) up in this place,” and the family move to Townsville. This clearly demonstrates how many of Koiki’s decisions are inspired by his family. Koiki’s decisions are once again influenced by his family when his father is ill and he is denied access on to Murray Island.
The Stone Boy Isolated by his family, betrayed by the community, and silenced by an accident, Arnold Curwing a child, shot his brother by mistake and his actions touched everyone. In the short story "The Stone Boy" Gina Berriault, walks us through a twenty four hour period of Arnold's toughest time, not the death of his brother, but the neglection by his family and community. What started as a good day for Arnold ended with his world shattered, with him having to grow up. Abandonment is one of the important themes surrounding Arnold in this story. It is first shown through the major scene in the story, the death of Eugie.
His father was doctoring his son, Frank’s mother wanted to call the police and he would not allow her to do so. In this scene if Frank’s parents would call the police their son would still be with them. Frank told his mother that if she calls the police they would scare the boys. Frank told his mother that his relationship with Natalie was not serious it was just a summer
Major Theme: Domestic Abuse Pye family over three generations are a prime example of domestic abuse. Jackson Pye, one of the founding fathers- designs and builds his own house and a house for a future family. He has a terrible temper that drives his sons away until he is left with only two, in the end another son leaves, leaving Arthur Pye to suffer. Jackson eventually dies leaving the farm to Art, who also abuses his family throughout time. The third generation, Calvin Pye had a family who was connected to the Morrison children.