Sometimes it can be difficult for sons to understand the lessons that fathers teach to them, leading to a disconnect between the two. This is the case for the son and his father in David Bottoms’ “Sign for My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt.” As a child, the speaker lacks appreciation for his father, yet nevertheless they share a common love. As an adult, reminiscing on his baseball experiences with his father, the son through his retrospective point of view now appreciates his father for all his father did. This poem employs diction and varying points of view to emphasize the lack of understanding between the two characters, while symbols and figurative comparisons express their mutual love; this poem analyzes the loving, yet dysfunctional relationship
“My Papa's Waltz”, by Theodore Roethke, and “Those Winter Sundays”, by Robert Hayden are the two poems that are somewhat similar and both of these poems are about beloved fathers. Father is the man who is spends time with you and takes care of you. While doing so much for the family he gains the respect and love from the family. In these two poems Roethke and Hayden take a flashback at the actions of their fathers. Even though both of these poems propose that their fathers were not perfect, they still love them.
Since Edgar was born, he has been rejected by many men he knew. Edgar’s original father left the family before Edgar was born due to “disappointment,” his step-father, John Allan, hated Edgar as his adopted son, and even men who judged his poems and stories disapproved publishing Edgar’s works. Throughout Edgar’s life, this was another of the large impacts in his literary creations. In the “Tell Tale Heart,” it incorporates how the narrator loves an old man, but obsessively wanting him gone due to his frightening eye. Edgar wanted to get along with other men, but never respected them because of their attitude towards Edgar.
There was an unspoken hate between them and he did not like the way Sonny carried himself or the people he was friends with. He blames this, and the way Sonny is living, on his music claiming, "his music seemed to be merely an excuse for the life he led" (83). The narrator did his best to mend his broken relationship with Sonny, but it only resulted in a fight and Sonny said that "he was dead as far as I [the narrator] was concerned" (83). The narrator was fearful that Sonny would be just like all the other musicians around Harlem and the surrounding cities. After the disagreement he did not talk to Sonny, even following the news his arrest, until after his little girl, Grace died.
His home is a “box,” where he is trapped by an ineffective father and a self-sacrificing, smothering mother. Caught between them, his allegiance wavers, and he vacillates, first betraying his mother by joining his father in criticizing her, and then ultimately rejecting his father. He hates his father’s personal habits and states that he does not want to have a father. For Coetzee, his father is an “appendage” outside the family core. His dislike of his father is also fueled by his father’s limitations: While his father is an attorney, was a soldier, and played rugby and cricket, Coetzee states that, in each case, “there is an embarrassing qualification,” since all these attributes are followed by “but.”
(Tolstoy E.750) Ivan Ilych doesn’t appear to have any sympathy for his wife or his newborn child. Instead, they’re a bother to him, and interfere with his ordered and pleasant life. All he wants to do is retreat from his house. He is separating himself from his family is the reason why his family doesn’t pay attention to him once he becomes sick. Because of Ivan Ilych actions he has caused for Praskovya Fedorovna to be a clear reflection of
His guilt-ridden reaction to Jonas helps the reader understand that Jonas is slowly starting to understand true cruelty that he couldn’t even imagine in the past. In the story, the author states, “Jonas did not want to go back. He didn 't want the memories, didn 't want the honor, didn 't want the wisdom, didn 't want the pain. He wanted his childhood again, his scraped knees and ball games. ”This quote demonstrates that Jonas understands that he is losing his innocence because of the memories he receives, especially the painful ones.
Not only was he neglected by his friends, Scrooge was also, in some sense, neglected by his father. He’d been sent away from home at a very important time of the year, and this obviously would have made the reader sad, knowing that Scrooge really didn’t have anybody whilst growing up. Perhaps not only was Dickens trying to tell the readers that pushing away people and isolating yourself was bad, but it was also bad to neglect and dismiss people because it often led to people such as
This led him to wish that his brother was different, and when seeing the opportunity he decided to help his brother walk. Although this may seem as if it was a compassionate and helpful act, the narrator did all of these things not for the well-being of his brother, but instead for himself. In the text, it describes, “They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother. ”(Hurst 389). This quote reveals the narrator’s true feelings and the selfishness that hid behind his righteous deeds.
The narrator experiences grave racism which promotes him to change his definition of himself when he travels through a series of communities. Also, the Liberty Paints Plant prevents the narrator in fulfilling his wishes to identify himself due to the racism he undergoes. The Brotherhood initial helps the narrator but as time passes they completely betray him causing his identity to change. A person's identity will always be an essential part of their lifetime. Without an identity, people become lifeless and invisible.
The diction of the exclusive pronoun “they” accentuates the cultural detachment from shared history and experience that bind the other men. Furthermore, Skrzynecki’s alienation from his Polish roots derives from the strained filial relationship between the poet and his father, with his native language becoming a metaphor of severance
When an individual experiences prejudice or a lack of connection to place it can diminish ones sense of identity, leading to social isolation and a loss of cultural practices and traditions. The film ‘Beneath Clouds’ (2002) by Ivan Sen follows two Indigenous teens who experience prejudice and social isolation on their journey to Sydney. The poem ‘We are Going’ (1965) by Oodgeroo Noonuccal expresses the fears Indigenous Australians had over the dispossession land and cultural acceptance. The poem ‘Drifters’ (1999) by Bruce Dawe’s explores the journey faced by a financially unstable family, forcing them to move from place to place, without establishing any connection to the land.
In “The Swimmer”, Neddy Merrill at first sight is displayed as a man living a normal ‘country club’ life however as the story progresses we see him slowly unraveling. There is a sense of community amongst the characters and that their lives are interlinked; “We all drank too much last night,” to the point where they share the same diversions. Alcohol is a predominant theme in the text, and seems to be a central aspect in Neddy’s life; “Neddy Merrill sat by the green water, one hand in it, one around a glass of gin.” The use of water and alcohol is important because they are entangled; one is hardly ever mentioned without mentioning the other.
John Cheever’s “The Swimmer” is a beautiful, multi layered depiction of a man's unwitting downfall. The story follows Neddy Merrill, a somewhat alcoholic and adventurous man, as he takes a expedition to go home by pool hopping the country. Neddy is the source of his own undoing as he represses years of his life pool by pool and eventually he has to come to terms with his life. Cheever poetically uses symbolism to indirectly show the changing of Neddy, his situation, and the world around him.
Silvia Plath’s Mushrooms and Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s Municipal Gum both use extended metaphors to symbolise the poets experience with oppression. Plath’s mushrooms become symbolic of the rise of housewives whereas Noonuccal compares the oppression of Indigenous Australian’s to a native gum tree imprisoned by a city. Through their inclusive language, both poets biographically reflect their encounters with oppression. Both poems are free verse, as Plath carefully configured 11 stanza 3 lined poem, to ensure there are 5 syllables in each line whereas Noonuccal’s 16 lined poem contains a peculiar end rhyming scheme.