Father and Son Essay

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In the story father and son who do you feel more sympathy for. This story is set in Northern Ireland about a Father and a son in which recently the mother and wife has died. The son moves temporarily to London but his dad brings him back after what seems to be trouble with drugs. The father and son do not get along with each other the father tries to get his sons respect but doesn't succeed. At the end the son is killed and the story is left there leaving us with the suspicion of who killed him. The son's relationship with his father is a very poor one. At the start of the story we see that he avoids speaking to his father by pretending to be asleep. "I will sleep for him". The son is angry with his father for taking him…show more content…
The Son doesn't think that his father can take care of himself. The son is disgusted how his father depends on Valium a prescription drug he is on. "A breakfast of two Valium and the rest of them rattling in your pocket" The Father loves his son but can't seem to get his son to love him. They used to get on well when the mother was still alive but the death blew their relationship apart. The father worries about his son. As his son has been in trouble he had to help him out of it. The father wants his son to love him again "My son is breaking my heart". The father tries his best for his son but in some cases he can't understand that it isn't his son's fault that he's gone downhill in life. The father just thinks that his son doesn't care about life anymore and that's what can be caused by the death of a family member. If they meant a lot to you life can seem pointless. The father does not seem to leave the son to his own devices he seems to worry so much that he has to know everything about what he's doing. Bernard Mclaverty the author gets the readers sympathy by giving both sides of the stories one for the father and one for the son he uses a writing technique called alternating first person narration. So you see the son's thoughts and feelings then you get the father's thoughts and feelings. Sympathy first arrives for both parties when the reader learns that the Mother and Wife of the family have recently died. The father is given
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