In the poem, My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke, is known to be a controversial story about a father and son relationship. The speaker in this poem has contradicting emotions about his father and the tone told throughout the story can be ribald yet many readers find it all just a happy memory. The main subject of My Papa’s Waltz is a young son who loved his son but still feared him. In this poem the speaker will illustrate the family views using a certain word choice and the tone he uses. The specific diction will highlight the real truth between the father and son relationship and what it means.
In discussions of “My Papa’s Waltz,” one controversial issue has been that several people believe it’s an abuse issue. On the other hand, some readers argue it is not abuse although, a loving dance between a father and son. While the subject of “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke has spurred passionate academic debate from professors, scholars, and students alike, the imagery, syntax, and diction of the poem clearly support the interpretation that Roethke writes “My Papa’s Waltz” to show a beating of a son by his father that is told in a beautiful dance. Roethke uses imagery, syntax and diction which brings his poem together to reveal a profound meaning. Diction is in “My Papa’s Waltz” to illuminate the idea that his message uses negative connotations to promote the different reader’s perspective about what the main subject of the poem is.
Hoagland uses the word “dies” instead of “passes away”, this seems like a cold-hearted word instead of the passing of a loved one. We can infer he had a difficult and confusing relationship with his father. When Hoagland states, “I mistakenly believed that it was love concealed in his closed hand”, it shows how he believed his father loved him even through his abuse. Hoagland’s poem has a melancholic tone in that all the son wanted to do was please his father, who was both abusive and an alcoholic, and how the son tried to believe that even though his father abused him, he still loved him. Hoagland uses a lot of “ah” sounds with the letter in this poem such as in “soft”, “dropped”, and “bottle”.
The relationship between the two is more important than his work. Love: Love is a major theme in the poem “Bearhug”. Despite the fact that his father gave priority to his work and made him wait, Griffin loves his father unconditionally. When his father comes to give him a hug, he sticks to him like a magnet which shows the strong bond that was present between father and son. The father hugs him and because he loves him, realizes the mistake and feels guilty.
Love is a complex idea to grasp, but the two texts help us better understand this concept by showing us the conflicting bonds of George and Lennie and Che and his son Jesse. Love is not when someone can not accept and care for themselves or others. This is also shown in the film “ La Mission” when Che finds out that his son Jesse is homosexual and can not accept him, at first. In the film, Che and Jesse begin to fight, then Che tells Jesse, “I want you out of my house. You make me sick to my stomach.
Abuse can change a person's life in many ways. While the subject of the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke has spurred passionate academic debate from professors, scholars, and students alike, the imagery, syntax, and diction of the poem clearly support the interpretation that Roethke writes “My Papa’s Waltz” to express his remembrance of his dad despite the abuse. In discussions of “My Papa’s Waltz,” one controversial issue has been the author's choice of words. On the one hand, some readers argue that this is a fond memory. On the other hand, many readers contend that the poem is about abuse.
When it comes to the topic of “My Papa’s Waltz” many readers readily agree the poem is about an abusive father. Where this argument usually ends, however, is on the question of what the truthful meaning of the poem is about. Whereas some are convinced the poem consists of constant abuse, others sustain the poem is a son’s nostalgic memories with his father. The author’s message in the poem becomes clear when one fully examines the context of the poem such as diction used in the poem. As Roethke mentions the word “beat” it immediately gives the reader a negative notion of the poem.
While the subject of the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke has spurred passionate academic debate from professors, scholars, and students alike, the imagery, syntax, and diction of the poem clearly support the interpretation that Roethke writes “My Papa’s Waltz” to show him reminiscing on his relationship and many memories, good and bad with his father from when he was a child. Imagery is used to represent the joyful or even unsure times that Roethke and his father experienced. His father arrives home, after work not wasting time to wash his hand leaving them “a palm caked hard by dirt,” to make sure that he gets to hang out with his son before bedtime. As the boys played around making messes and maybe breaking something here and
He did not realize playing sports and wrestling had been the way his father showed love. He felt embarrassed as he finally felt his father’s love. Overall, this relationship shows that love can be expressed in many different ways and how actions can speak louder than words. Also, how the family can have a competitive or unusual relationship, but still care for one another. The symbolism of Manning and his father arm wrestling was
Rueben's use of the word "dad" and "Great God Almighty" causes readers to believe with Rueben that his dad is comparable to a god. It also creates the idea that Jeremiah is a bad person for not healing his own son's disabilities but would go out of his way to heal the enemy. It can be inferred that Reuben is angry at his father because of the tone, which, in turn, causes readers to think like Reuben because it is written in his voice. The importance of this passage though, is that it is Reuben's first reaction that wasn’t as pleasant which gives readers insight to how Reuben's character
He wanted to treat Hassan more like a son, but he could not. So instead of dealing with it, he just treated Amir like he was a stranger living in his house and paid a little more attention to Hassan. But the stranger, Amir, wanted nothing but his father 's love. After seeing signs that Baba loved a Hazara more than his own son, Amir got jealous. This jealousy taking root inside of Amir may have been trigger to his regretful actions from his childhood in Kabul to his life
Christopher does, he experiences a lot which changes he attitude towards people. Lennie is mentally retarded, which can be seen in his actions; he loves to pet soft things and is very faithful to George, ‘I do leave it all for you’. Christopher is also very faithful towards his father until he discovers that his father lied to him about his mother dying. They are both very curious as you can read in the table above. You could say that Christopher is more curious than Lennie, because Christopher wanted to investigate who killed Wellington even though his father told him not to.
Not only does Plath believe that her father is out to get her, but also she believes that he is out to get her mother. This worsens the relationship between Plath and her father. K.G. Srivastava states “In the passage, the poet is describing her father in the ugliest possible manner” (126), this shows us that Plath’s relationship with her father was not the best. Plath wants to get away from the psychological grip her father had on her without letting go of the parts of him she still loves.