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Analysing Benjamin Percy's "Refresh, Refresh" Essay

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The Idolization of My Father
In Benjamin Percy¡¦s ¡§Refresh, Refresh¡¨ the boys develop into men while trying to become like their fathers. They also want their fathers to be proud of them. Freud¡¦s psychoanalytical approach would suggest that the boys are trying to step into the shoes of their fathers. His Oedipus Complex states that the son must metaphorically kill his father, except the fathers in the story really do die, so the sons step into their fathers¡¦ shoes by signing up for the war. In this essay I will show how the boys become men while training themselves to be like their fathers, and using a psychoanalytical approach I will show how the sons step into their fathers¡¦ shoes and how the thwarted Oedipus Complex has
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Also when they fought they painted their faces with the camo grease that their fathers had left behind. This shows that they wanted to feel the way their fathers felt at war, with painted faces for camouflage as they fought almost how their fathers were fighting the Iraqis.
Another piece of significance is when Josh states that he could just hop on his bike and ride away from it all. ¡§On this bike I could ride and ride and ride, away from here, up and over the Cascade, through the Willamette Valley, until I reached the ocean, where the broad black backs of whales regularly broke the surface of the water, and ever farther.¡¨ This shows how he could easily just run away from everything that is happening. He¡¦s stating that he doesn¡¦t have to become a man yet and could just have fun and live free. He doesn¡¦t do this though; he just wants us to know that he can. This shows that he is ready to become a man just like his father.
¡§He drank too much beer and smoked too many cigarettes and spent too much time with his buddies, fishing, hunting, bullshitting.¡¨ Over the course of the story the boys imitate these actions of their fathers. After every boxing match they would smoke cigarettes. In November they went hunting, and smoked cigarettes, drank beers and bullshitted just like their fathers did. Gordon even acted like a soldier in the woods and wore his father¡¦s overlarge
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