He was doing his best to change his ways in order to honor his son. James Jarvis uncharacteristically altered his behavior to be considerate to the natives, especially Stephen Kumalo. James Jarvis returned to his home as a changed man and wanted to help the village below, Ndotsheni. James paid for an agricultural demonstrator to go to the village and to teach the people to work the land successfully. James knew that the native people had a disadvantage to white people since they weren't able to get a proper education, which, in turn, affected their land.
70 Raymond offers to the Guthrie brothers, which are a couple of young boys who are part of the novel, some money for helping him and his brother on the farm. Raymond considers the fact that the Guthrie boys did something for him, so he gives them recompense for their troubles. While his brother was just talking with Tom Guthrie, who is the Guthrie brothers’ father, and not even thinking about how to pay back the boys. This is clear evidence that Raymond is kinder than Harold since he thought about the boys while Harold didn’t. On the other hand, Harold is more observant than Raymond.
The two were obviously distant and yet Victor fulfills his duty as a son and picks up his father’s remains. One could argue that he went only for the truck and the few hundred dollars his father had in the bank, though he did feel some kind of love for his father. This is proven when Victor admits that although he does not want to go into the trailer where his father died, he must because “there might be something valuable in there… pictures and letters and stuff like that” (419). The mundane tone Alexie uses emphasizes the sad routines one follows after a loved one dies; life continues. Alexie’s use of transitions between the present and memories of the past represent the memories that often pervade one’s mind when the experience a loss.
Matt’s relationship with Tam Lin and El Patrón shows how father figures can have a heavy influence on a child’s action, resulting in an overall change in their future behaviors. The two men taking up fatherly roles in the novel illustrate their similar traits to Matt through their actions. Both men appear to care for Matt deeply, treating Matt as if he matters and is not simply a clone to be used. Similarly, they also give him a sense of strength, continuing to shape Matt’s young mind. Their care gave Matt a form of stability, forming his character and keeping him from becoming someone like Tom, a young man who has received no love and positive attention.
People like Ron Frantz who was like a dad to Chris while he away from home, tried to give Chris advice about how to have a better life. “When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God's light shines upon you.” A similar connection was made with Jan and Rainey where Chris shared good times with them and he got a taste of people that love him. Before his death, he has regrets and writes “Happiness only real when shared”after everything , he realizes that there is no happiness without human relationships. Everything is worthless unless shared with with his dearest friends and
This causes him to make decisions that the boy views as wrong in order to survive. Exile can also be enriching. Sophocles showed this in his Oedipus trilogy. Oedipus’ exile forced him to examine his life and therefore move past his mistakes and hope for the future. The father and sons’ experience is much the same.
Confirmation to support this is when David reveals "did I wonder what might happen if I killed my uncle". David managed to see some good in people including his father. Watson demonstrates the life of David Hayden growing up, and realizing later what a great role model he had in his father. David saw his father as a weak man and he thought his perfect role model was Frank, which is seen as he said "not manly figure like uncle Frank". He felt let down in his father, as he didn't arrest anyone or carry a gun, "And that disappointed me at times".
In the absence of any paternal figure in a member of his family, the presence of his uncle helps Ishmael to reestablish a sense of family. With the help of the genuine benevolence of strangers such as Nurse Esther, Laura Simms and his Uncle Tommy, Ishmael goes on to be considered successfully rehabilitated. Tommy invites him to leave Benin Home and return to Sierra Leone with him. He treats Ishmael like a son and helps him as best he can to begin to live a normal life on the foundations of his life in the
Gordie is faced with the neglect of his parents and feels like the “invisible boy at home” after the death of his older brother Dennie. Chris’s friendship makes gordie feel a lot better about himself and makes Gordie realise that he doesn’t have to live up to what Dennie was and that he can for full his dream of becoming a writer. Chris is faced with the problem of living under his bad family reputation but Gordie makes him realise he can escape from the shadow of his family name and tells him “you can do anything thing you want man.” This shows Chris and Gordies relationship is very important as they have both made life better for each other throughout the film. The parallel
Wesley lives under the shadow of his brother Frank and as the story progresses he is slowly escaping it. However, despite Wesley’s wilted physique and lack of superiority in the Hayden family hierarchy, he possesses a great deal of moral virtue and mental strengths. First of all, Wesley’s leg injury leads to other factors to develop Wesley as a better and stronger man. In his life he goes through many obstacles, such as his failure to go to war, and thus becoming the underdog of the Hayden family. This is discovered when the patriarch, Julian Hayden, says to his son Wesley “Ever since the war…Ever since Frank came home in a uniform and you stayed home, you’ve been jealous” (118).