At first, he is extremely loyal to his father, as we see with most young boys they think their fathers can do no wrong, they place them on a pedestal and look up to them. As the father figure digs a deeper and deeper hole for himself and his family, Sarty realizes that this is simply an extremely vicious cycle. In the opening scene, he thinks that his father wants him to lie, and acknowledges that he will have to do so, despite strong feelings that it is the wrong thing to do. He fears his father more than he wishes to act, as he would like. Sarty watches his father get kicked out of town, track manure over his new employer’s rug, suffer the indignity of having to clean it, and then burn the landlord’s barn down.
Drunk one night, and playing with fireworks, Arnold caused the fire that killed Thomas' parents. He saved Thomas from that fire, one good deed, but he's overwhelmed by the guilt of killing Thomas' parents. "Smoke Signals" Eyre; Grandma Builds-the-Fire says to him, “You saved Thomas. You did a good thing,” and Arnold replies, “I didn’t mean to.” What I think Arnold means by that response is he didn't mean to start the fire, and didn't mean to kill Thomas' parents. His act of remorse for what he has done is cutting off his hair, a symbol of shame.
He believes that he is always right, he is abusive, and is always being short-changed by life. Even though his wife is impartial to his actions, she looks at him with an “anxious face at his shoulder,” which describes how weary she is when in the presence of her husband (Faulkner 1961). My father was also abusive. I was not yet born so I was not victim to the abuse but my older siblings and mother were not spared. Similarly, Sarty’s whole family lives under a blanket of fear and anxiety due to his father’s insecurities, and resentment for people who belittle him.
Christopher Johnson McCandless' view of life and rejection of society is a reflection of his relationship with his parents whom he rejected based on their blind authority, materialism and social interactions" Christopher McCandless' behavior was shaped by his fathers domineering personality which favored control over his family and over logic discussions . The father-son relationship is an important and exceedingly difficult point in Christopher's life. He had, later on in the movie
A Gift of Laughter Have you ever gotten mad at someone for disrupting you, and then realized they were only trying to help? That same thing happened to Robbie and his father in the story A Gift of Laughter by Allan Sherman. When Robbie interrupts his parents’ conversation to show his dad a picture, his dad gets frustrated and upsets Robbie. Throughout the story his father remembers his own childhood days, which in the end changes his attitude towards his son, and reveals the theme. It began when Robbie’s father was having an important conversation with his wife.
In “The Forsaken” Duncan Campbell Scott reveals a mother who survives and saves her infant’s life because of her parental instincts; she speaks not of love or expectations, she does what she must for her child and accepts her fate as a result his adult decisions. These three poems are all about parental relationships with their children and the natural instincts which result from this bond; though each parents faces a different challenge with their child, their love is unquestionable. Ben Johnson’s poem “On My First Son” is a heart wrenching tale of a father who must face the loss of his son. To endure such a loss is unimaginable to anyone who has not experienced it, and the instinctual reaction can only be an overwhelming sadness. Jonson blames himself in part for his overwhelming grief for ever having allowed himself to love so deep, “My sin was too much hope of thee, love’d boy” (2) and “As what he loves may never like too much” (12) which means he is vowing to never let his heart go so unreserved in the future so as to protect himself from ever having to experience such pain again.
Eddie’s father introduced him to the pier where Eddie spent most of his life; he showed him the ropes for his future. After the war, his father all but disowned him after Eddie hurt his pride. He basically left his son, while the Captain swore to never leave him behind. The Captain rescued Eddie from himself, and the burning barn, and then sacrificed his life for his men not too much later. He went to check for landmines and was blown up to save Eddie and the other members of his unit.
Dad said I shouldn’t…because I didn’t care,” (76) proves that the sadness of his brothers’ death caused him to not think before he acted. This shows that he didn’t think of the consequences, which proves he did not apply his “heart knowledge” when he felt the emotion of sadness. However, as the main character matures and becomes more aware of his “heart knowledge” he begins to act more rational when feeling the emotion of sadness. Towards the end of the novel, the main character is overwhelmed with sadness when his close friend dies. He applies his “heart knowledge” and acts rational by praying that she is alright in heaven and attending masses.
Even in the darkest hours, family is the one constant that will give support and love. The story of “The Prodigal Son” is about the love that a father has for a child even after that child has sinned against him. The younger of his sons wanted to live his own life, so he asked for his portion of his father’s estate. His father complied, and the son took off to a foreign land, where he wasted the money on parties and living extravagantly. After the money was gone, the son was abandoned by the friends that he met along the way.
“My Papa’s Waltz” – Theodore Roethke Poems can have many different meanings and interpretations. This poem, about a father and a son, is no different. When first reading this poem, many people’s initial thoughts would be negative because it can be interpreted as an abusive relationship. With a second look though, this is not the case at all. “My Papa’s Waltz” is an endearing poem about a young boy that longs for the undivided attention of his working father.