Who, in comparison with his brother, has a whole different look then his brother, the story had said, “Donald was bony, grave, and obsessed with the fate of the soul”(364). Saying this, it completely adds to the fact that people couldn’t believe that these two men are brothers. As well as these two brothers looking different from one another the story also emphasizes that unlike his brother Pete, who was married and had kids, Donald is , “the younger brother, was still single”(364). This probably shows why Donald was such a carefree person because he doesn’t have any responsibilities to deal with as an adult, while his brother had many responsibilities to look over throughout his life. In addition, “He lived alone, painted houses when he found the work, and got deeper in debt to Pete when he didn’t” (364).
“No one would have taken them for brothers.” Truth be told, this is the main thought that can be drawn throughout the short story “The Rich Brother” by Tobias Wolff. From the very beginning of the story this is said to the reader, it’s clear that these two brother Pete and Donald are polar opposites of one another. The reader will discover from this that Pete and Donald no matter what time it was in their life, they had had problems with one each other. This would infer that Pete and Donald were in a dysfunctional relationship due to Pete’s success, Donald’s lack of success, their “abuse” incident, and their handling of Webster. While sure they have their differences from one another personally Pete and Donald can be considered both from different
Because Donald can afford almost anything he shows off to his brother Pete. Pete is not like Donald because Pete does not like to spend his money. Donald gave his brother Pete $100 to take a bus to get to Donald’s home. Instead of using the $100 to the bus he hitchhiked his way to Donald’s place. The setting in “Rich Brother”, changed Donald to leave his brother in the woods all
He seems to be an intelligent man considering that he graduated from Yale University, but his actions as irresponsible. Prior to graduation, his roommate, Kent, encouraged him to join the Peace Corps to Southeast Asia but Lawrence mocked the idea. Due to a tight situation brought about by his gambling problems, he was forced to join the Peace Corps to get away from the people he owes money to. His father
Hally is embarrassed of his father’s drinking habits, but even more ashamed of the night when his black servant had to carry his drunk father back home and clean up the mess he made in his pants. Hally’s conversation with Sam and expression of resentment brings out his authentic feelings towards his father, which is not hatred, but
Nick has several biases which are obvious throughout the novel. His first bias is a general bias in favor of millionaires. Nick discloses that he is comfortable around millionaires: “the consoling proximity of millionaires” (5).This is important because it shows that he is comfortable and wants to be around millionaires’ more than poor people. Since he likes millionaires, more than poor people that causes him to have a bias toward them. With this bias, his description of wealthy characters is obscured which causes Nick to be less critical of them.
Okonkwo’s hard-working character was a result of him trying to be the opposite of his father, a lazy and unsuccessful man. The book says that Okonkwo started with nothing, saying “Okonkwo did not have the start in life which many young men had.” (18) Despite this, Okonkwo grew to be very successful; he had several barns full of yams and was married to three wives. Okonkwo’s anger resulted from his lust for manliness. The book says “Okonkwo never showed any emotion openly, unless it be the emotion
He has worked his entire life as chauffeur and has always wanted to go beyond being that though he has nothing to look forward to due to lack of economical power. In families, usually the one who brings money home leads and has the power. In the play, Walter has no control of his family mainly because his salary does not give him power. Also, Lena Younger has the insurance check from Big Walter which contained $10.000, making the Youngers depend on her and not on Walter Lee’s budget. As he is seen in the play, it can be deduced that his stressed personality mainly comes from the fact that he has no money to portray power.
On the other hand, Brick who is in much more prosperous times, fails to accomplish what his father did. Big Daddy feels like his American dream betrayed him, and even though he grew up in poverty, he still lives the life of a consumer. He did not apply lessons of modesty to his own life. Big Mama's purchase of European art that she later hid in the basement is the best example of consumerism. Big Daddy's basic desire is to create a dynasty and leave some kind of a legacy.
“This man has no money to even pay his house how can he take care of his daughters!” The officer exclaimed. “That’s it ha how funny I’m rich I can pay the young fellow!” I tried to sound rich only I sounded as though I just got in a car accident. My voice sounded parched. I gave the man money so he wouldn’t get arrested and he gave me his will of marrying one of his daughters. I walk inside his house and 3 girls greet me and the first 2 and the oldest 2 scream at the sight of me.