Will Baker My Children Explain The Big Issues Analysis

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The big Issues To overlook the significance of rather trivial and simple tasks as well as phrases can be a normal occurrence. Imbedded in many of these tasks and sayings can hide profound meaning and symbolism. Often times these doings, which can hold great meaning, are demonstrated by an unlikely group in society –the adolescents. In the short essay “My Children Explain the Big Issues” written by will Baker, he confirms this phenomenon’s presence through stories of his own children. Baker’s children unknowingly unravel and explain the complexities of: feminism, fate, existentialism, and east and west culture. In the opening paragraph of the essay by will Baker the word “Feminism” can be viewed in bold at the top. One may ask how a child…show more content…
In this passage Cole sits in sandbox in Will Baker’s yard. Baker sits watching his son, Cole explore his box of small shimmering rocks. Cole begins to move the sand from inside the box onto the patio surrounding it. Baker calmly suggests that it would be more fun if the sand stayed inside the box. But his son continues to shovel it to the outside. Baker soon became more frustrated at his son disregard for his now blatant orders to stop as well as his irrationality. His father sees no logical reason for Cole to be doing what he’s been ordered not to, no possible positive outcome from disobeying him and transferring the sand is evident. Now holding his son by his ear Baker questions his son. ‘“Why? Why are you doing…show more content…
Although the topic, existentialism, can be hard to comprehend at first Cole does a fantastic job explaining it. At this point Cole, Will baker’s son, is three years old. Cole is no longer an only child. The reading begins by the resurrection of al of Cole’s old baby things, his changing table, crib, car seat, backpack, and bassinet (Baker, 134). The paragraph states how everything was performing its given task or fulfilling their specific duty, “doctors doctoring, a washer and dryer washing and drying” (Baker, 14). Baker continues to speak of how Cole had begun to follow him around as he performed his daily and weekly tasks such as cutting wood and feeding the livestock. On one specific trip will Baker had forgotten his son was trailing him. Baker believed he was alone. Baker was in an almost dreamy state it seems as one finds themselves falling into when in seclusion. His son jolts him out of his imagination with this statement, ‘“We’re alone together, aren’t we dad?”’ (Baker, 135). That simple statement from Cole clearly demonstrates existentialism at its finest. Cole knows that his father seems to be in a state of solitude yet he observes that they are together. To be alone relies on the assumption that an object is not accompanied, but completely sequestered from anything else. Cole veers from conventional thinking when he observes this happening. He throws away the
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