Troy says to his son “your mama tell me you done got recruited by a college football team? Is that right?”(1323). Cory explains to him that his coach Zellman told Cory that a recruiter would be by the house for his father to sign permission papers to play. Troy’s failure to play in the major leagues due to the color of his skin makes him a bitter and angry man, especially towards his sons. He denies them of everything they like or that they feel good Troy does not want Cory to play football, because he himself was once let down by a sports experience.
Jerry’s mother dying had left him feeling sad, angry lonely and made him feel cut off from happiness. His dad’s boringness and same-old-same day to day life bores Jerry and only increases his burden. Even when Emile Janza beat him up he never told anyone or complained about the situation he was in, he pushed through it. Renault has little power, he is bullied by Brother Leon and also by the vigils yet he sticks to his beliefs and doesn’t give in, the vigils result in trashing his locker which includes ruining his poster which says ‘Do I dare disturb the universe?’, anonymous phone calls are made to his home and they also expose his privacy, the vigils leave him with little. Jerry decides that if they have taken everything he will continue further to not give in as saying no to chocolates is all he has.
The differences between the father and son are so abundant that Baba emphasizes, “If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d not believe he’s my son” (Hossieni 25). Amir listens to this hurtful quote and becomes more persistent than before to achieve his father’s friendship and adoration. Amir starts trying to intrigue his father that he even starts to play sports. It was apparent however, that this did not turn out to be one of Amir’s strengths. Baba’s shortage of emotion led Amir into an event between Hassan and himself.
Lyons, from “Fences” has a goal in place to go after. Happy, like Biff has no plans on what to do with his life at 30 years old. “Death of a Salesman” and “Fences” are very different from each other in reference to plot but have a great amount of the same themes that they share. The stories place focus on families that are detached from the American dream and the ways to get that things normal (Casper1010, 2014). The topic of sports has a large part in both plays as both fathers have sons who want to do better by playing scholastic sports.
The book opens describing Greg's worst summer ever beginning with Greg Heffley and Rowley Jefferson going to Rowley's country club after school closes for the summer, but Greg is kicked out because he complained of even the smallest predicaments. In the last book he met Trista but she met a lifeguard and forgot about Rowley and Greg. Then the beach trip that he was looking forward to is canceled because the Heffleys don't have any money; the Heffleys resort to going to the town pool, which Greg dislikes because of its open showers showing large, hairy men. Later, Greg and Rowley have a sleepover together, and watch a horror movie taken from Rodrick's room. After the movie, Greg and Rowley soon became paranoid on account of a muddy hand that might kill them, which was in the movie.
On the other hand, unlike his father, Biff seeks the truth about himself. He acknowledges his failure while his father is unable to accept the miserable reality of his life. He does not have self-conscience and cannot admit that he is unsuccessful. Biff is trapped in Willy's commanding illusions and tries to fulfill his requirements even if he does not believe in the principle of the American Dream. The main cause of their conflict is Willy's state of mind about success.
He sends a letter to a long time friend because he is ill mentally and emotionally. The unnamed narrator is his long time friend whom he doesn’t know that well, does not decline his invitation. He goes to the Usher mansion on a dark, soundless day and is spooked out. The mansion inside is just dark, gloomy, as the outside. He realizes that the house is just as bad as Roderick’s health.
Therefore he is constantly seeking his dad’s approval: “Yes”, said the boy forcing himself to acknowledge Jim’s kindness and affirmation. But Jim is not his dad.” Here it is obvious that it’s only the dad’s approval and confirmation that he is good enough for his dad. He is general a weak minded boy and is easily influenced by others i.e. when he is finally leaving for the trip he doesn’t really want to go because his mother has repeatedly expressed how bad an idea the trip is and so forth. The boy and the father’s relationship is quite self-conflicting as both parties are scared of loosing each other but they are also scared of committing to each other.
But the pressure for students to perform athletically or academically, the cliques that are present, and the relationships with parents shows the viewer that the struggles students faced in the 1980s and today are not so different. The first element that shows there are significant similarities and differences between The Breakfast Club and Century High School is the pressure from parents to perform well athletically or academically. In The Breakfast Club, Andrew Clark, or the “athlete” of the group, feels tremendous pressure from his father. This is shown first-hand when Andrew is dropped off for detention that Saturday. His dad yells at him and tells him that he cannot miss a wrestling match this season, because that could put his collegiate athletic scholarship in jeopardy.
The Theme of Fatherhood In the play Fences by August Wilson, Troy Maxson is the most influential character. Troy has been trying to be a good father, but, Troy and his son, Cory argue in most part of the play. Sometimes Troy gets mad and angry at Cory because he worries about Cory’s future. Troy wants Cory to get a job instead of playing football and pursing a college scholarship. But he doesn’t want Cory to be a garbage collector like him.