The main concept of these short stories is family. When something is written about family there is bound to be conflict because there is always disagreement in a family. Some might even call them dysfunctional because they do not operate like a normal family. The stories “Brother Dear” by Bernice Friesen, and “The Charmer”, by Budge Wilson, both focus on dysfunctional families; this can be shown through conflict, characters, and theme. One of the ways dysfunctional families is shown is through conflict.
The story is associated with the setting and the events revolve around the circumstances of those dreadful years. The main character, Delphine, has to deal with her environment and how people treat and view her. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, segregation and descrimination was still alive in the minds of many, thus, Delphine’s life was not considered unchallenging. As an African-American, Delphine, other than having to face and surmount the complication the tough years gave her, she had to face external promises as well. Her mother has given up on her, however, Delphine didn’t turn o ut as an uneducated child ; she kept it all together.
In dawn it also states “she knew that I had died and come back to earth dead. This was why she had spoken to me of love and wanted to make love with me. I saw it all quite clearly. She liked making love with little boys who were going to die"(30) This explains how Elisha came to the realization that he was being played. This took a toll on Elisha because he is more aware and cautious of the women around him.
The handful of essential characters helped construct the themes; one of three, dysfunctional family. It seems that the more grief each character went through, the more dysfunctional the family seemed. Hence, Chas loses his wife in a plane crash, Margot 's fingers damaged terribly, and one that showed destruction was Richie 's emotional breakdown in a tennis match. A dysfunctional family has a conflict and such grief as the Tenenbaum Family did. More than enough of the characters desired penitence, which helped unveil the theme.
This in line with Adams’ stories such as “Father and Son”, “The three-day blow”, and the classic “The End of Something”. Throughout the short stories and the misadventures revolving around Nick Adams, from these three stories and their emotional alone, created the continuous central theme of loneliness. The first story, known as “Father and Son” is one of key driving forces of how this central theme comes into play. Then comes his other short story linking this theme together: “The End of Something”. This story has many factors to actually see why the central theme of
She does not accept her life at home is sad, even if she has to deal with chaos which she cannot even describe. Her father’s condescending tone enhances Eveline’s need for protection because she cannot do things on her own. She uses a double negative to describe her life as not “a wholly undesirable life” (21), which also shows her ignorance because she does not accept reality. She makes a promise to her mother, when she was a child “to keep the home together as long as she could,” (21) but she cannot do it anymore. Once she meets Frank, she knows, “Frank would save her...
One among the universal themes in poetry or literature in general is family conflict. For Theodore Roethke, George Bilgere, and Raymond Carver, the difference between a good parental role model and a flawed role model is what creates conflict between parents and children. Each poem, “My Papa’s Waltz,” “Like Riding a Bicycle,” and “Photograph of My Father in his Twenty-Second Year” all focus on a toxic father-son relationship. Major images that describe the dysfunctional father-son relationships are fears of a drunken father, pretense, and regret. In addition, these poems imply that fathers or parents in general, often pass their flawed parenting styles down to their children.
The pleasant setting ruined by the protagonist’s emotions creates a stark contrast that highlights the structure’s focus on the father’s dilemma. He cannot live his life to the fullest, as everything beautiful diminishes at the thought of his
Farrington’s wife appeared in the story only in several mentions and husband’s screams “Ada! Ada!” (“Counterparts” 14) at the end of the story. The name of this short story could be a result of differences in couple’s appearance and their relations. Mrs Farrington was described as “a little sharp-faced woman who bullied her husband when he was sober and was bullied by him when he was drunk” (“Counterparts” 14). Wives in both works play similar roles: they look after the house and children and try to control their husbands.