Considering their god-like references toward one another, it is not a surprise that father and son are notably described as "each the other's world entire" (6.) In the beginning of the novel when thinking about the boy, the man decides that "if he is not the word of God God never spoke" (5.) After the man dies and the
Seamus Heaney mentions his father in three different poems: ‘Digging,’ ‘Follower,’ and ‘Mid-Term Break.’ In the three poems, Heaney’s portrayal of his father, as well as his voice, changes into two different images. One of it portrays his father as a leader and role model, while the other portrays him as a frail and fragile being from Heaney’s broken fantasy. In the first part of his poems, ‘Digging’ and ‘Follower,’ Heaney portrays his father as godly, fully admiring his father.
Roy eventually comes home with a gash above his eye and John gets the blame for Roy’s injury. Gabriel, Roy’s blood father, comes home and immediately John is scared for what punishments lie ahead. “Gabriel...stood enormous, in the center of the room... John stood just before him...beneath his fist, his heavy shoe” (Baldwin). Indeed, Elizabeth, Roy and John's mother, defends John from his father's unfair punishments because John is only treated unfairly because he is not Gabriel’s blood son, and he reflects
Eliezer and his father rely on one another to survive through the Holocaust. Together they encounter the cruelty of the Nazis, the lack of compassion from the prisoners, as well as the difficulty of simply surviving. They remain strong together unlike other father-son relationships seen in the novel. A majority of the prisoners gravitate towards self preservation while Eliezer chooses to remain with his father. Eliezer does exhibit ambivalence in continuing to help his father because the conditions of the Holocaust continually make it harder to make others a priority than oneself.
The dead boy symbolizes the how the narrator feels. The flashback during his father’s funeral states, “Ray was dragging the kid by the shoulders” but at the end “Trevor was dead” (My Father Running with a Dead Boy 447). Nixon specifically uses this flashback to replicate the ruined relationship between the narrator and his father. flashback the reader understands the internal struggle the narrator has as he remembers his father. The narrator struggles with accepting the lack of love in the relationship and still finding gratification with his past.
Into the Wild, a book by Jon Krakauer and a film by Sean Penn, is the story of a young man named Christopher McCandless, or as other people knew him as “Alex Supertramp.” McCandless came from a wealthy family and graduated from Emory University as a top athlete. Instead of pursuing a career, he gave his money to charity, then he set out on a journey to Alaska, to find happiness. Eventually he perished on August 18, 1992 (aged 24). McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness, due to starvation.
Though a strong friendship exists between him and Piggy as well, Simon does not say the same to him. As a result, Piggy becomes one of the three boys who does not live to see rescue. What's more, Golding also foreshadows Ralph’s survival as the tribe tries to take his life through Simon. Stylistically, this not only effectively provides dimension to the plot by building suspense, thickening it to better prepare for the falling action in the last chapter, it also contributes to the meaning of the text as it further highlights the tragedy and desperation in the scene of Simon’s death. Much like Christ preaching the Christian truth to the multitude only to be betrayed by Judas then crucified, when Simon attempts to inform others of the truth behind the beast from air, he is brutally murdered by the boys-including Ralph who he considers to be a valuable companion.
In The Road, a novel by Cormac McCarthy, published in 2006, a man and a boy struggle to survive as they travel south on the road in the post-apocalyptic world. On their journey to the coast, the man and the boy encounter the remains of an ashen world, ravaged by men who are willing to kill to survive. Among the death and destruction of the post-apocalyptic world, McCarthy illustrates how the man gains resilience from the spirituality he finds within his son, which proves how in a world void of official religion, belief in something greater than yourself creates the strength necessary to survive. The man sees his son as a spiritual figure that provides him the strength to survive in the desolate world.
Simon became his last chance to make everything back into right track and requested a peaceful death. Another instance demonstrated Karl’s repentance was that he remembered he shot the family to death when they jumping out from the window of the burning house. That image remained in his mind and tortured him mentally until his very last second of life. Just like he described in book, “The pains in my body are terrible, but worse still is my conscious, It never ceases to remind me of the burning house and the family that jumped from the window” (Wiesenthal 53). This scene engraved in his mind deeply since he felt guilty toward the family which broke him down mentally and making him unable to move, led to his injury.
You can see this with Elies reaction to his father 's death, Elie 's relationship with his father throughout the story, and other sons reactions to their fathers bad state of health. Elie’s dad dying did not have a huge toll on him. The quote, “Free at last,” (pg 112) shows that he was happy he did not have to care for his dad anymore. Furthermore, Elie also said, “I no longer thought of my dad.”
Lastly in the end, Elie ends the book once he is offered freedom from everything that has occurred these years. Imagine being forced into a life of abuse and starvation for up to 12 years. During those years with his father, Mr. Weisel came to his end during his sleep. Instead of sorrow Elie actually felt a little positive about his father’s death, ‘In the depths of my being, in the recesses of my weakened conscience, could I have searched it, I might perhaps have found something like- free at last!’ Pg75.
“Night” is a memoir about the Holocaust, and it was created by Elie Wiesel, a survivor. It shows the horrors Elie went through when he was just a teenager and how he pulled through and made it to the end without ease. He had to go through many dilemmas. An issue he had to deal with is his father dying. After “The March”, Elie’s father can barely even look alive and Elie has to take care of him.
(Wiesel 112). Eliezer is sad when his father dies, but is more relieved because he can take care of himself now. Another way Eliezer is dehumanized mentally is through his religion. Before he was sent to the concentration camps, Eliezer believed God always knew best. But as the memoir goes on, Eliezer loses his faith.