Diction has a strong affect on how readers interpret a passage. This is proven through Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz”. The poem presents a boy roughhousing with his father. However, some critics see the roughhousing taking place as abusive, due to the negative word choice displayed throughout the poem. The author set a positive and negative tone throughout the poem, representing the respect and fear he had for his father.
The word sad in the poem has two purposes. One purpose is to leave open the man’s feelings so others can interpret his feelings and by using the word sad it helps the reader understand the mood of the poem. The son calls his father baba as if he sees his dad being some sort of entertainment, that is also why he is asking for a story. The word baba is also childlike to add to the childlike tone of the poem. Lastly, the two words the son and the man add to the complexity of the relationship.
Despite this lack of evidence, the speaker does reveal in the second stanza that he is afraid of disappointing his father, with the line “[b]ecause my father walked the earth with a grave, / determined rhythm, / my shoulders ached from his gaze” (Lee lines 9-11). This piece of evidence can lead to the assumption that he is fearful of letting him down in every aspect of his life, including his religious
Malachy’s father always dreams about the boys fighting for his country. It’s almost the same with my dad, he tells me how he dreams about me being a doctor when I grow up and succeeding in life. In this way I can relate to Frankie in a sense where we both have to achieve something to make our dad’s proud. The last issue that I find significant in the story is when Frankie is told from the priest that reading is a bad thing, so education. Especially when it comes to learning things that go against the bible or the catholic belief.
However, the faith he is standing with, endangers him, making his home confused. Luke says that he knows that trials are coming and that it is the faith that he upholds that is bringing him trials, “I knew that life would try me.” (Dubus 16). It seems he lost his family because of hate. Paul is trying to figure out the best way he could have tried to save the family. “A Father’s Story,” at different points, portrays Luke Ripley as the antagonist and the protagonist
James Hurst uses suspense, characterization, and imagery in the “Scarlet Ibis” to convey that pride is a wonderful/terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines life and death. The author uses suspense to convey the message that the reader is thinking about what will happen to doodle. This is seen when doodle said “brother brother don’t leave me” (441). This example states that doodle does not like being alone. This helps convey the theme by stating that doodle has been the center of attention since he was born so he is used to everybody being around him and making him feel loved by his parents.
Family; a blessing, or a curse? In the book Night, Elie Wiesel offers many significant themes, but the question, “is family a blessing or a curse,” is one of the most prevalent and begging themes in the novel. During the novel, Wiesel often questions if he should try and keep his father around, or if life would just be better without him in the picture. “‘Don’t let me find him! If only I could get rid of this dead weight, so that I could use all my strength to struggle for my own survival, and only worry about myself,’ I immediately felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever,” (Wiesel, 111).
Theodore Roethke wrote the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” to display his love towards his father through their playful actions and his need to spend time with his father. Roethke’s father spends most of his time at work and for that reason Roethke wants to spend time with his father despite of him being drunk. The end of the poem ends as they are about to fall asleep. Roethke “Still clinging to [his father’s] shirt.” Represents his desperate need of attention from his father. The word “clinging” is used
“You reading up on the fireman theory? Theory hell said montag, it’s poetry”(94) said Montag. This show how much he really cares about how he feels and that people need books that he was able to read one to people that did not even believe the ways he had.He ran from authorities and met up with this camp where this each had to care for and protect a book of their choice. It all shows that they are not ignorant they willing to put themselves in troubles just to help some of his wife 's
Throughout Book II and III, Vergil uses many literary devices to describe Aeneas’ past to Dido. Love in this sense is obtained through familial love, because love discusses the sense of loyalty and family, and of respect. Love for Aeneas is supposed to be visual, “But now, when I had reached my father’s threshold, Anchises’ ancient house, our home-and I longed so to carry him to the high mountains and sought him first-he will not let his life be drawn after Troy has fallen,” (Virgil, Aeneid 2.857-860). Aeneas’ care for his father demonstrates similarities between romantic and familial love. Romantic love is obtained by being truthful and passionate.
“Do not go Gentle into that Good Night” tells of a son near his father’s death bed. The poem shows the raw power of emotion presented by Thomas. The poem is written to address his father dying, and encouraging him to cling to life. The third line of the poem, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”(“Good Night” 3) The word rage is used to show the anger and frustration the author feels about his father dying. The dying of the light is used to show that life is like daytime.