Throughout the story, you realize how scary it must have been for this young boy. He had no one to help him, take care of him, or even love him. However, David’s story is also one of pure human survival. “Mother can beat me all she wants, but I haven’t let her take away my will to somehow survive.” That is a sentence from page 4 and it shows David’s situation on March 3, 1973, the moment he found freedom, and was taken from his abusive mother by authorities while he was at school. Thanks to his teacher Miss Moss.
Dave shows throughout the story how he isn’t ready for adulthood in many ways. One way is that he lies often. Dave’s lies prove the fact that he isn’t ready for the responsibilities of adulthood. In the story it seems as if he didn’t care that he was a man in sense of maturity- just the perception of being a man to everyone else. Throughout the story, Dave tries to twist the truth in his favor so that he can buy a gun and avoid punishment.
Surviving his environment, David grew into the neighborhood tough guy. No one could tell David anything on the in his town, he was the man in charge. Darius (17) - Watching your parents struggle financially isn’t something any child should witness; however, that was just another day for Darius. Overwhelmed with his parent’s financial issues, Darius takes it upon himself to get his parents the money, by robbing a bank. After the failed attempt at the bank robbery, Darius was released from police custody but with a two year probation period.
This was the part which caught my attention the most. David literally gave up on his dog. In this scene, Bev asked David, “Are you giving him up?” They were talking about the dog, “Yes,” said David, “I am giving him up.” (Coetzee 215). This is the ending of the novel, it may seem like nonsense at first but when you analyze the idea that the author is representing with the action of David, you understand the entire meaning of the ending of the novel. Per Meljac, the author of the article “Love and Disgrace” “Part of the mystery of this final scene comes from the realization that David’s act comes as an act of love, rather than as yet another act of self-satisfaction.” David did this for pure love.
Buckler uses the character of David to show the different ideas the family has on the meaning of “home” to reinforce the guilt and confusion he feels. First, looking at David and the conflicts he has within himself the reader can see he feels lost within his own “home” and it’s evident he has no sense of identity. David has no emotional belonging to anywhere and runs away in hopes somewhere beyond the farm can give him the sense of “home” he has been looking for. He feels guilty because he cannot call the farm his “home” because to David “home was not where you were born, that it was some place you had to find.” This proving “home” to David was never the farm itself because it never gave him the sense of identity he longed for. He knows there’s more for him outside the farm and despite what his family believes he’s compelled by every whistle of a train to go beyond what he knows to find belonging.
I read the book, I Am David, written by Anne Holm, The main character David, who was forced to live in a camp his whole life, cheated death with a suicide escape attempt. “A moment later he had touched the ground on the other side” (Holm 6). David had escaped, something I’ve never had to deal with before. The thought of being free is really something I have never thought of. It has always just occurred to me what it is to be free.
Now as Dedé is standing there alone while Minerva’s daughter Minou is on the phone, Dedé narrates “I walk off the porch into the grass, so as not to overhear her conversation, or so I tell myself. For a moment I want to disappear. My legs brushing fragrances off the vague bushes, the dark growing deeper as I walk away from the lights of the house.” (Alvarez 314) Dedé seems as if she is seriously understanding the lessons her sisters taught. “Away” to symbolizes how she is embracing life, she must control and use her courage to make her life important. “Deeper” exemplifies how she continues to turn towards the ways of thinking her siblings did, live for a deeper meaning.
Dave was living off of very cheap food like strip club spaghetti and any water he could get. He feared he hit rock bottom at only 29 years old. He was homeless and barely even living. One day dave got out of his sad, moldy, disgusting under the highway with the other bums, when he stumbled across a $10,000 give away at the local theater. The theater was very popular throughout the U.S.A.
He needed the stuff we have in modern day called a safe chamber and a place to have someone watch over him so he didn’t try to do so many deadly and sad things in his life. Sometimes life hits like a truck and makes you feel worthless like Poe did, but he would have made his life better if he tried to become better and happier with his life rather than keep looking back into his past. Imagine if Poe had a happy life and if he had happy poems how different we would think of him and all that he does. He has impacted the poem community heavily and it has changed our mind perspectives. The way sad poems affect us makes us think of different ways it can be interpreted.