In Sherman Alexie’s short story, “War Dances,” the narrator unravels in thoughts and takes us through events in his life. He picks up by speaking about a cockroach that ends up dying in his Kafka baggage from a trip to Los Angeles. The cockroach still appears many times throughout the story. The narrator spends quality time in the hospital with his father, who is recovering from surgery due to diabetes and alcoholism, all along the way while he, himself, discovers he might have a brain tumor, leading his right ear to talk about his father. Using a style of tragedy and care both incorporate together a symbolic story that would make even a plain reader feel touched, leading to the major occurrence of a theme of the importance of family. Regarding the visit Alexie’s character had with his father in the hospital, his dad kept fussing that he was cold. The character went in search for another blanket, even though he knew that with several more his father would still not be warm enough. The blankets “were more like the …show more content…
“Your brain is beautiful”(74), his doctor had said. The character wishes so badly to call up his father and let him know that “a white man thought his brain was beautiful”(74). He does tell everyone else though, but none of them react the same way he knows his father would- with a good laugh. “[He] missed that drunk bastard. [He] would always feel closest to the man who had most disappointed [him](74). The character feels an almost bittersweet sensation here due to his father not being there for him in times when he needs him. It is a tragedy that even though he is relieved that his health is in satisfactory condition, his father is not because of his own choices of an unsatisfactory
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Contrastively, Hart's grieve painting seems rather deceptively jovial and merry because the positive space is the horse and playful children that my eyes landed on at first sight. However, the growth of the jungle trees and the abandoned homestead knocked out the reality of the wartimes — that battles are waged in different fields: children are playing on farms in the absence of adults, neglecting maintenance of the property. If you stare for awhile, however, the vibrant light from the sun is reflecting towards you, rising hope and swelling joy — the same encouragement James Hart might have intended for the nation. Despite the differences existing in the contents of these uniquely constructed arts, there is an important point made by both artists: the wholeness of society is achieved through a complete family. The precious memories and constant jubilation that a family brings is
O’Brien shows readers and those who know veterans, how moments of morality and shame and guilt arise in war. The chapter “In the Field” shows many moments of shame and guilt for the characters as the result of a death. In the chapter Kiowa dies from sinking into the mud, and his friends are
War damages a man's soul. Tim O'Brien writes about the horrifying impact of war in his life, and in the lives of his comrades in The Things They Carried. The book shows the stories of O’Brien’s fellow soldiers before, during, and after the war. These short stories that were collected after the war told us the innermost thoughts of various members of his platoon. The soldiers told us how the war impacted them throughout their lives.
For thousands of years the stench of gun powder and drying blood has burned the innocence out of boys, turning them into men hardened by years of violent warfare. Joby, a young drummer boy in the American Civil War, is just one example of a young man being greatly impacted by events that occurred in the war. The short story follows Joby’s fears before the Battle of Shiloh, he feels defenseless, hopeless, and scared as he believes his position as the drummer boy is all but preferable. Joby’s attitude changes after a well-respected general comes to speak with him at night while Joby is crying out of fear. The General offers Joby support and reassures him of his importance, leaving Joby feeling important and confident.
In enduring these complex emotions, this section was the most remarkable part. One of the first apparent emotions the boy experiences with the death of his father is loneliness to make this section memorable. The boy expresses this sentiment when he stays with his father described as, “When he came back he knelt beside his father and held his cold hand and said his name over and over again,” (McCarthy 281). The definition of loneliness is, “sadness because one has no friends or company.”
He says: “years passed; I went to other schools, saw other countries, I had children, I wrote books and my poor father is lying in the earth” (Carrier 105). The character gets to share his story about how his father had a gift. Without the character telling the reader, his present story would not make
One of the other Jews advised him he should stop giving his father food and should keep it for him to stay strong and survive. After a few days, his father had died, and in his head, he felt it was his fault. He felt like he was not human anymore for even thinking about not giving his father the food. He felt like he had become a monster. He had lost all faith in himself and didn’t know how he was going to survive without his
The observation of the father’s white hair can be taken into context as displaying his knowledge and wisdom that grows within him. However,
David McLean’s short story “Marine Corps Issue” includes a beautifully vivid scene of Sergeant Bowen, the narrator Johnny’s father, “sitting on the edge of our elevated garden, black ashes from a distant fire falling lightly like snow around him” (620). While this scene is powerful by itself, it can be appreciated even more by understanding the symbolism and allusions embedded in it, as well as the psychological state of the father as he sits “on the edge of the garden with his head down and his eyes closed as if in prayer” (634). This is why McLean’s readers should use literary criticism: it enhances their appreciation for the story’s impact. Prior to the climax, Johnny has spent weeks researching the Vietnam War. The location in which he
I don’t know what else to do. He’s dying, I’m sure. Emphysema or lung cancer, probably, like my father" (Jakiela). Basically, Jakiela starts to make that connection to her father form the old man, who the reader does not know their past. This brings a more family kind of feel to the story as she maybe wishes that her father and herself had a better connection, or they had a good connection and he has passed.
The story “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemmingway depicts the wounding and post-traumatic experience of the First World War of the main character Harold Krebs and his family. Like most soldiers’ experience of the war, upon return to their lives back home, their lives virtually had no more meaning to them. Krebs presents a painful realization in this manner in which he interacts with his mother. She tries to think of her son as a hero and make him feel like one by encouraging him to re-tell his tales from the war. Krebs knows that the impressions his mother is making are not authentic and she, just like the rest of his fellow town folk are tired of hearing and reading the same stories from the war (De Baerdemaeker 24).
The man thinks he is way to young to lose his father. Due to that he pities himself since he is alone. His father left him and the speaker does not think he deserves that. Within Li-Young Lee’s poem “Eating Alone” many different poetic elements are used.