English 1101 – 07
March 4, 2011
Shelton vs. Travis Travis and his father have never seen eye to eye. Shelton once told Travis’s high school principal that he was “nothing but a bother from the day he was born” (Rash 7). This statement among other things has Travis convinced that his father wants nothing to do with him. Parents are supposed to support their kids and prepare them for the harshness of the world, but this is most certainly not the case with Shelton and Travis. Shelton makes his son feel worthless and unnecessary everyday of his life. Is this cruelty a form of affection or a direct admission of hatred? As far as Travis is concerned, his father would be perfectly content if he didn’t exist. Shelton…show more content… “An abusive father's involvement with his children is usually based on his own needs, focusing on activities that he likes instead of what the children may want to do. However, his interest in his children may come and go, depending on his emotional state” (Scott). One could say that his father only wish is for Travis to take over the family business, but it is also possible that Shelton has no desire for his son success. Travis does not lack intelligence but he never led anyone to believe otherwise. He may have been hiding his intellect from his father, feeling that showing any signs of cleverness would only annoy him.
“There are situations of where the child shuts down and stays in his own world. Studies have shown a link between child abuse and delayed intellectual development. The child loses his ability to adapt to his or her environment leading to poor cognitive development. The child produces feelings of guilt, violation, loss of control and lowered self-esteem sometimes with suicidal tendencies. Common problems include emotional and behavioral problems, poor performance in school, and possible further abuse (Husted).
This is evident in Travis’s case; Shelton never encouraged his son to learn or was pleased with anything he ever did. As a result, Travis saw “laying low” and not having any ambition or dreams as his only option to avoiding his father’s wrath. Shelton seems like the “Alpha Male” type who never shows emotion and has to be