FATHER/SON RELATIONSHIP Blacky’s relationship with his father is integral in moulding the adolescent that he is. Although the relationship between the two is clearly negative, it somewhat helps him to look past the fatherly influences, and to seek positive role models to assist him through the journey to maturity. Blacky’s self-esteem levels are low due to the negative relationship and he expects no support from his father. His relationship with his mother, the relationships he develops with other men assist Blacky in developing the courage to stand up for what he believes in. During the course of the novel of ‘Deadly Unna?’ the readers are exposed to the negativity between the father and his son.
Harmonium and Nettles Harmonium and Nettles both highlight the theme of memory. As they both are looking back over past memories that are painful, the poems feature the feelings of being helpless in stopping the hurt that was caused. The writer in Harmonium feels remorse for the things he hadn’t said to his father as Armitage states “then mouth in reply some shallow sorry phrase or word too starved of breath to make itself heard”. The writer in Nettles is protective of the recurring threat to his child that he can’t destroy. “rain had called up tall recruits behind the shed,” this quote shows the father cannot destroy them .They differ in the way they felt powerless however as in Nettles the father is feeling powerless because of a physical threat whereas in Harmonium it is an emotional threat of the inevibility of death and unspoken feelings that makes the writer feel powerless.
I said Good God do you want to see her in it.” (14). This just shows how frustrated he is with what is going on around him and how he deals with such situations. That is why I feel that we cannot just assume what type of person Jewel was just by the demeanor that he had through some parts of the novel. You have to focus on when the family was really in desperate need, and observe how Jewel acts during those times and you’ll really see his true colors. That’s just Jewel though; he is someone who really cares about his family and what is in the best interest for them at this time.
The main character, Troy, shows the audience how being a stubborn individual can damage your life. Stubbornness and how Troy deals with the problems his ideals have caused him have sometimes aided him, but the majority of them have plagued him until his death. There were two major improvements to Troy’s life because of his stubbornness. Early on in the play Troy stands up to his boss challenging the idea that only white men could only drive trucks and the black men had to do all of the heavy lifting. He protested this even though he is unable to read or drive a car.
“It is much easier to become a father than to be one.” — Kent Nerburn Being a true father is never an easy task. As for Tom Garrison, a dynamic character in the play I Never Sang for My Father by Robert Anderson, his traumatic childhood memory of being abandoned has made it even more difficult for him to be a good father for his children. Those painful memories did turn him into a strong, remarkable man, but they also made him become a selfcentered person and a pathetic, unloving father. Steel that has gone through the hottest fire is the strongest one. Likewise, the hardships Tom had to endure as a child toughened his soul and sharpened his mind.
They can see how he lived during the time he served and how awful he made it seem. The best way to have a convincing argument is to make the audience see through the eyes of the author, and to make them envision a mental image of what the author has seen. Gurganus tells how he was, “dressed in ugly clothes exactly like 4,000 others, to be called a number, to be stuck among men who will brag and scrap and fight but never admit to any terror, any need” (606). This flashback makes the war sound very unappealing and an experience that most of his readers would not like to experience themselves. Through this detailed description, Gurganus adds to his argument, making the war sound even more horrific.
After reading Steve Martin’s “The Death of My Father (2008)” essay, I could definitely tell it was a personal story. The story was very heart touching because he was telling a life story of him and his father. This story had quit a few elements to it but the three that stood out to me was Creative tension, Use Concrete Language to Create Clear Visual Images of the Setting and Characters, and the Conclusion. Creative Tension: There is a conflict and it gets resolved. Martin never got the affection from his father as a young child and that caused him to remember all the bad things.
In the book I read Blood Is Thicker by Paul Langan , there’s an on going central message and theme of trying to do what’s right in a situation that’s tough. Also throughout the book the main character is always confused and can sometimes lose himself in high pressure situations. A short summary to the book is the boy Hakeem Randall is faced with a lot of problems. It all starts when his Dad is diagnosed with cancer and that sparks the theme of sadness that constantly shows through the story. Once his Dad has gone through so many medical procedures the family has no money left and they are forced to move in with their uncle in Detroit.
Additionally, the novel continues to tell the story of Okonkwo and his family. Towards the middle of the novel his attitude continues to cause him problems. His actions cause his and his family’s life to alter. In chapter thirteen of the novel it states, “Okwonko’s gun had exploded and a piece of iron had pierced the boy’s heart.” It continues to say, “The only course open to Okonkwo was to flee from the clan.” During a ceremony an unexpected turn of events causes Okonkwo and his family to be exiled. Due to his personality
when Okonkwo father died he had been in a lot of debt, Okonkwo became obsessed with the idea of manliness in order to get over his father weakness. ”It was the fear himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father.”(13). Therefore, Okonkwo only showed the emotion of anger. He strongly believed that "To show affection was a sign of weakness the only thing worth demonstrating was strength.”(28). Okonkwo’s life first began to fall apart when Ikemefuna, his supposed to be son was killed.