The Rich Brother Tobias Wolff Character Analysis

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In “The Rich Brother” by Tobias Wolff, Pete and Donald were two brothers that lived life on different ends of a spectrum. Pete became more successful than his younger brother, Donald while Donald was the brother who didn't quite have his life together and was just living it day by day. At a young age, when the two brothers’ parents, however, passed away, Pete felt that because was the eldest, he had to take the role of being the ‘parent’ and taking care of him and his brother even after they grew up. Because of this, he may feel entitled to take care of his little brother, Donald. Although Pete was there when Donald was in need at a younger age, It is also true that Pete was there for Donald in his adult life, making it hard for Donald to live life on his own. The entitlement Pete has to aid his younger brother was beneficial when he was a child, but only became detrimental to him and Pete the older they got. Million Dollar Baby directed by, Clint Eastwood, also claims entitlement and the negativity it holds over the one giving it and how it could hurt the one receiving it. In the movie the character, Frankie is a boxing…show more content…
Frankie couldn’t find any doctors to help her get back on her feet, so she would lie in bed all day. As a result of this, her limbs died and had to be cut off. In effect, her mental and emotional state worsened. Frankie blamed himself for allowing Maggie to push herself beyond her limit and to paralysis. When she asked Frankie to help her end her suffering, he felt he had no choice but to do so, in spite of the fact that he didn’t want to end her suffering by ending her life. Regardless, he thought he was entitled to help her in any way he could because he felt responsible for what had happened to her. Frankie couldn’t watch her like that and she told him that “If he loves her then he would do it for her,” taking advantage of the guilt he
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