Comparing Cat's In The Cradle And A Boy Named Sue

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“Well, my daddy left home when I was three and he didn't leave much to ma and me”. This tragic incident occurs in the song “A Boy Named Sue” sand by Johnny Cash and similar events happen to a young boy in the song “Cat’s in the Cradle”. The literary songs “Cat’s in the Cradle” and “A Boy Named Sue” are closely related in my opinion. Both boys had the absence of their fathers in their life, but each had a different way to deal with the situation. “Cat’s in the Cradle” and “A Boy Named Sue” have several similarities pertaining to their fathers and individual lives. The stories each involve a father and son conflict such as, ‘My son turned ten just the other day he said, “Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let’s play can you teach me to throw”, I said “Not today I got a lot to do”, he said, “That’s ok”’ stated by Harry Chapin in “Cat’s in the Cradle”. This issue is displayed in both stories because neither father was involved much in their lives creating conflict. Person versus person is shown in each story. For example, in “A Boy Named Sue” Sue and his…show more content…
In “A Boy Named Sue” the dad completely walks out on his son at the age of 3 said so in the lyrics by Johnny Cash. Unlike Sue, the other story only shares that the father ignored his son and never found time to spend with him. “But there were planes to catch and bills to pay he learned to walk while I was away,” this is part of the song “Cat’s in the Cradle” , and is a great example of the wrong doing of the father. Another contrast between the two would have to be resolving and not resolving the issues that occur. The father and son, in “Cat’s in the Cradle”, never resolve the conflict that arises between the two which makes both unhappy. On the other hand, in “A Boy Named Sue” the Father and son do solve their issue, but not before engaging in a life changing
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