Every story consists of different elements, such as characters, plotlines, and settings. Nonetheless, many stories portray the same messages or ideas. “My Papa’s Waltz,” by Theodore Roethke, depicts a reckless father who is loved by his child, while “Those Winter Sundays,” by Robert Hayden, depicts a hardworking father whose child is indifferent to him. Though the poems depict exceptionally different childhoods, both contribute to the idea that perceptions of parents alter as one grows into adulthood. Both poems use harsh words and critical tones in order to convey this notion, however in “My Papa’s Waltz,” they signify the recklessness of the father and how the narrator perceives his father as an adult, while in “Those Winter Sundays,” they
In the poem, "Rite of Passage", Sharon Olds depicts a mother's view of her child and of other children. The mother sees her child as a newborn by saying things like "specks of nutmeg on his cheeks" and "chest narrow as the balsa keel of a model boat". This perception of her child instills the idea that she raised a kind hearted and innocent kid. After this notion is stated, the son speaks of murdering a two year old. This creates a clear contrast between the mother's perspective and that of society's. The other children, upon hearing this, continue forward in celebrating his life as if the very words he spoke were of good taste. Throughout the poem, the mother refers to the children as " short men" and "small bankers", developing the notion
When the child is born, parents are also born. An individual becomes a parent when their first child is born, giving them the responsibility of the child. It gives the new emotion of being a parent and create the special relationship with the child. A mother carries the child for nine months, which bonds them together. Also the relationship of father and a son is no less significant where they share all the joys and sorrow together. Losing the first child takes away the proud and right to be a parent. The silent grief is widely presented in the Lucille Clinton’s “The Lost Baby Poem” and Ben Johnson’s “On My First Son” sharing a common theme of guilt over losing their baby; however, the poems differ in terms of how the child was lost, imagery, style, point of view and tone.
Have you ever felt loss so deep that everything you see is different just because that person is gone? In Mother by Ted Kooser the speaker’s mother’s death made his world view more sorrowful. Through this view of the world Kooser uses symbolism, personification, and imagery to show the speaker’s feelings about his mother dying.
William Faulkner, the author of As I lay Dying, explores the dynamic within the Bundren Family through the changes of narratives. The lack of the communication does not compare to the character's inner monologue in this southern gothic novel which reveals the various dilemmas that each character goes through. Addie and Anse lack in verbal communication and love, causes the family to be dysfunctional. Through Addie and Anse thoughtless actions it led their children to become unstable,unable to live with themselves, shown through “Darl’s insanity,” which creates a never ending loophole.
I define my family more like Robert Hayden than Linda Hogan; I define my family as my mother, my sister, my grandparents, and house where I grew up. Linda Hogan’s family was a nomadic tribe that moves from place to place, and she wrote about problem of perception of herself as a part of one race; Robert Hayden in his poem describe don’t understanding of parents’ love in a family; while I can describe my family issue as a misunderstanding the role of the father in the family because I grew up without the father. My mother got divorce when I was a child, and couple years late my father was killed. Like Hayden I can say about my house that I felt “fearing the chronic angers of that house” because my dad was alcoholic, and I saw a lot family violence
Stories are the foundation of relationships. They represent the shared lessons, the memories, and the feelings between people. But often times, those stories are mistakenly left unspoken; often times, the weight of the impending future mutes the stories, and what remains is nothing more than self-destructive questions and emotions that “add up to silence” (Lee. 23). In “A Story” by Li-Young Lee, Lee uses economic imagery of the transient present and the inevitable and fear-igniting future, a third person omniscient point of view that shifts between the father’s and son’s perspective and between the present and future, and emotional diction to depict the undying love between a father and a son shadowed by the fear of change and to illuminate the damage caused by silence and the differences between childhood and adulthood perception.
Morrison points out "the past, until you confront it, until you live through it, it keeps coming back in other forms. The shapes redesign themselves in other constellations, until you get a chance to play it over again" (qtd.in Cássia Freitas de Aquino 198). Beloved's return to 124 Bluestone Road is very symbolic because she has the key to forgiveness for herself, her mother, sister, and the whole Bluestone Road community.
“My Father’s Song” describes the close, tender relationship between a father and his son, while “Those Winter Sundays” depicts a more distant, strained relationship between the father and his family. Ortiz’s lively descriptions of pleasant memories, illustrate how the father’s interactions with his son reveal his love and strengthen their relationship. A darker, emotionless tone fills Hayden’s poem as he emphasizes a father’s austere, yet sacrificial love toward his family. These poems both set different examples of how some families choose live out the bond between one
Staples states, “The past is never really the past; what we have lived is who we are” (Staples 375). The shape of our personalities and values is something we learn from childhood. Our lives have many ups and downs but that is what makes us the person we are as an adult. The son in Staples story "Runaway Son” as much as he would like to never really escapes his past. He will always have the protective and nurturing instincts that he had growing up. In Staples short story “The Runaway Son”, the son’s life shows that how we were raised and how we lived in our childhood determines what type of person we become in adulthood.
“I don’t think I realised how stressed I was, being a single parent. It was really, really stressful. It’s not easy on anybody,” Reese Witherspoon truthfully admitted. However, the situation isn’t just stressful on the parent, but also on the child. Trying to connect with their remaining parent or even just getting over the loss of their other parent. It can be hard on the child to handle the overwhelming responsibility or even missing the empty space which used to be their parent. In passages from Confetti Girl and Tortilla Sun, the tension of having one parent and how that can affect their families is revealed.
Although the true cause of discontent was the isolation she experienced, it did not manifest in this way. Ann was constantly frustrated with everything her husband did. She struggled to see the good, but could so easily pick out the bad within him. She blamed John for her displeasure. “It was just an effort to convince herself that she did have a grievance, to justify her rebellious thoughts, to prove John responsible for her unhappiness.” When John was home, Ann would complain about him not paying attention to her and always devoting too much time to something he thought she wanted. When John was away, fear settled within her and she wished he was home to ensure the chores got done and that Ann was safe. Ann was in a consistent state of unhappiness when John was home, and became paranoid when he was gone. She was always upset with him for something, and never spent a day enjoying her life or being grateful for the sacrifices John put in. “If he’d listen to me sometimes and not be so stubborn we wouldn’t be living still in a house like this.” Ann even admitter herself that “John’s steadfastness rebuked her vanity,” and “Made her complaints seem weak and trivial,” however she never skipped a moment to criticize the life John had made for her. She wanted more from life than what John provided and although she knew that it was not his fault, her discontent manifested only in a
My mother has also raised me with her own ways and beliefs. Now, someday when I have a daughter I hope to raise her with as much grace and poise as my mother and Sarah Kay have both taught me. The line that Sarah Kay wrote that sums up how I would one day like to raise my daughter is the very last line of the poem. “ And when they finally hand you heartache / when they slip war and hatred under your door / and offer handouts on street corners of cynicism and defeat / you tell them that they really oughta meet your mother.” (37-39)This quote means so much. I want my daughter to know that her mother has been through so much and is still standing. I want my daughter to grow up and be strong too. I want her to be able to stand on her own two feet. This poem doesn’t just speak to the mothers and daughters of the world, it speaks to everybody. It is a lesson for everybody to be
What striked me was how different the daughter wanted to be from her mother, solely because personally, I strive to become at least half the woman my mom was to me. It wasn’t until the end of the poem where the daughter’s true intentions lied. Given the information from the very first stanza, the reader can only question the purpose of all the name writing. I paused and thought to myself, “why would she go through the struggle and write her name everywhere, every second of the day?” Then after reading the last stanza, it clicked. She wanted to remind herself that she is going to do something worth more in this life, as opposed to her mother. That is the central conflict of the
Rainer Maria Rilke, author of “From Childhood,” and Alden Nowlan, author of “Mother and Son,” are both understanding of the fact that everyone has a mother—a woman from which each individual in existence was brought onto the earth. Through their literary works of art, their knowledge that the biological tie between mother and child is something that all human beings possess is evident, as well as their understanding that any further relationship past this biological connection is in the hands of each individual mother. “From Childhood” is an account of a mother and son rapport in which the mother is the driving force that stifles and smolders her child’s flame. “Mother and Son” delves into another relationship between mother and son, yet this