Critical Analysis on Edgar Poe's 'To Helen' (1831) and Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 130' and Robert W. Tucker's 'A New Isolationism: Threat or Promise?'
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One 's Own Place Family is an important part of one 's life. Home is one 's first school and family members are the first teachers. Family relationships are special and create strong bonds. The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is especially unique. Grandparents with their love, wisdom, and insight motivate grandchildren to be better people. They are very often role models and mentors for younger generations. They teach values, install ethnic heritage, and pass on family traditions. "Grandma," by Gerald Haslam, is a vivid and emotional portrait of a relationship between a headstrong boy and his bitter yet wise grandma, and the gradual development of compassionate love between them after starting out on an uneven terms.…show more content… This understanding gradually develops into compassionate love between them. The fact that she is interested in the boy 's education, discussing his efforts in class gravely and suggesting that his mother send him to the nun, where he would one day become a fine priest, is the proof of growing of love between them. Furthermore, the line "We kept the horned toad 's death a secret, and visited his small grave frequently," (75) marks the apex point in their relationship and their growing affection for each other.
In conclusion, Gerald, in his story "Grandma," has wonderfully portrayed the relationship between a child and his grandma and the role grandparents play in a child 's life. He has, with the effective use of dialogues, shown development of compassionate love between a headstrong boy and his bitter yet wise Grandma after starting out in somewhat unclear water. Finally through three main characters, the child, the grandma and the toad, Gerald has shown how one is attached to ones own place and why it is most unwise to try to remove them from it.
Haslam, Gerald. California Childhood "Grandma"