Write a theme statement. The poem “Bearhug” by Michael Ondaatje, is about unconditional love and reveals that no matter what happens family should be given priority above everything else. “Themes” Parental Emotions: In the poem the author talks about how his son calls him for a hug but because he was busy with some work, he makes his son wait. The author probably feels guilty when he says, “How long was he standing there like that, before I came?” He felt bad because he had been working rather than spending time with his son, which is kind of his obligation towards his son. The relationship between the two is more important than his work.
In ‘The Piper’s Son’ Tom realises that to rebuilt all his relationships, he needs to understand what he has done to the various people in his life and mend all the holes he has created. Even though Tom has had trouble in his life, he now knows not to shut people out. He needs them to help him and he need to show them gratitude in return. Tom’s friends are always there, his father needs just as much help as he does and he just needed to here both side of the story to understand what he did to Tara. Relationships, no matter who they are with, are hard to maintain if you are selfish and inconsiderate to
In “Wordsmith” by Young and “The Gold Mountain coat” by Fong Bates both passages show relationships between fathers and their children. The relationship between father and daughter in “Wordsmith” contrasts greatly with the type of relationship that Sam Sing has with his children. Although the relationships are very different, both passages show the importance of communication between family members. In “Wordsmith” the father is trying to fix the relationship between him and his daughter like how he is trying to fix the maintenance of the house, “he begins the... process of filling in the gaps... (4-5)”. With all the years the father has missed, he wants to be a part of her life more.
The confrontation with the baker does not go as imagined and the couple ends up sharing a meal with the baker. "'You probably need to eat something,' the baker said, I hope you'll eat some of my hot rolls. You have to eat and keep going. Eating is a small, good thing in a time like this" (Carver, 1983, p. 13). The baker encourages the couple, understanding their pain and, offering helpful advice to make the grief more tolerable.
The problem that he has to leave behind was when his friend Norman did not keep in touch when Charlotte has a serious operation. After a few years later “Norman died of cancer, and he never got to forgive him” (Albom 166). When Norman died Morrie realized that he has to forgive his friend and himself. He has to forgive his friend for not calling when Charlotte had the serious operation, and he has to forgive himself for not forgiving his friend when Norman asks for it. It is hard to forgive yourself when the person who tries to apologize is death, even more when that person is your friend.
Often times after loss, “mourners are unable [to] regain a sense of normal, functioning life without their object of loss,” (McClinton-Temple). A successful stage of acceptance, however, helps in allowing the mourner to move on. Jack first begins to accept his daughter’s death when he attends “the first impromptu memorial in the cornfield...yearly now, he organized a memorial,” (Sebold 223). These memorials provide a sense of closure for him, and after the memorials, he no longer hunts down Mr. Harvey or complains to the police, but simply accepts that his daughter is gone. The point where Jack truly moves towards acceptance occurs when he sees the daffodils in the hospital and says “‘It’s Susie’s flower.’ My father smiled beautifully,” (280).
Murray stuttering, he never thought of his stuttering as being a gift until he got older and officially accepted his disfluency as being part of him. This may be typical for many stutters. Anything difficult that happens to us, we think of it as extra baggage and wonder why God made us that way. God made us in His image and has a plan for our lives. He gave us a gift to use it for His glory.
They help him get home where he saves his wife from a group of suitors. Odysseus learns many things while on his journey. He learned that pride gets you nowhere when he blinded Polyphemus. He also learned that sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself for others when he and his men had to get past the Sirens. He learned that patience is necessary to succeed, when he saves his wife from the suitors.
Both poems are reflective, as the speakers reminisce on a point in their past, but each poem conveys another different tone as well. In “The Lanyard,” this reflection is somewhat remorseful and regretful. The speaker wishes to tell his mom that even though he thought the lanyard he made at camp would make them even, “you can never repay your mother” (“Lanyard” 37). The speaker lists many of the things his mother has done for him, and compares them with the lanyard he made for her, implying that he feels he took her for granted. However, in “The Gift,” this reflection is very nostalgic and appreciative.
“The Gift,” is about how things parents do have deeper meanings that may not be recognized until the future. The boy was crying, so as the father pulled it out, he told the boy a story to calm him down, “My father recited a story in a low voice” (Collins 2). The boy grew up and married; his wife also got a splinter. He did the same as his father did for him, he did not remember the physical story, but he remembered the love and compassion of his father. This shows that the story itself did not matter as much as the actual act of love.
Graham is shown to be a caring person as he helps his family mourn over the death of his wife and mother to his children, Colleen, while severely trying to cope with the loss himself. He is a former Reverend but later loses his faith in God after the death of his wife. Colleen is Graham’s deceased wife whose last words to her husband before she passed were to “tell Merrill to swing away” and to “tell Graham to see”. Morgan is Graham’s son and very mature for his age. Morgan usually acts in place of his father when