Carnival Dog Buyer of Diamonds

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In “The Carnival Dog, the Buyer of Diamonds,” Myron tries to step out of his father’s shoes multiple times, but ultimately realizes that his father is the dominant force in his life. Ever since Myron was a child, Abe Lufkin has done everything in his power to make sure his son is the spitting image of himself. Myron doesn’t love everything his father does, but doesn’t really mind it either; however he tries to stand up for himself and step out of his father’s shadow. When Myron is a teenager, Abe sends his son off to Judaism camp because he won a footrace his son thought he could win. Myron calls from college telling his dad his stopping his study of medical science hesitant about confronting his dad. When Myron and Abe play basketball, …show more content…

Myron knows the dispute of college won’t be settled over a game of basketball. He’s positive he can win in an ordinary fight against his father, so, by his own decision, “dove into the back of his father’s thin, tendoned knees.”(p154) This is Myron’s way of showing that just because he is the son of Abe, doesn’t mean that he himself is Abe. Yet Abe manages to pin Myron and is once again in control over his son.
“Do you give?”
“Do you

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