The Human Emotions and Experiences expressed in “The Whipping” and “My Papa’s Waltz”

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The Human Emotions and Experiences expressed in “The Whipping” and “My Papa’s Waltz” “The Whipping” and “My Papa’s Waltz” both deal with critical and serious issues that lie within the human mind. The issues being compared can be viewed as abusive, emotional or confusion. The reader can possibly be drawn by the poet to experience their own memories, emotions, and experiences in similar situations. These childhood memories can easily be revisited as adults and their life experiences can be viewed differently as they enter into adulthood. Both pleasant and unpleasant memories stay with a person throughout his or her lifetime. In each of these poems the poet expresses similar situations in his own journey through his eyes as a…show more content…
The young boy loves when his father comes home and spends time with him. The child becomes unhappy and saddened when the playfulness is abruptly ended and he is forced to go to bed as stated “Then waltzed me off to bed/ Still Clinging to your shirt.” (lines 15-16). The third area being discussed is the confusion expressed in “The Whipping” by the child running from his mother who is trying to give him a whipping. The child is being chased uncontrollably like an animal in the woods as stated in the second stanza: Wildly he crashed through elephant- ears, pleads in dusty zinnias, while she in spite of crippling fat pursues and corners him.(lines 5-8) The child is trying to escape and figure out why he is in trouble and why he has is so fearful of his mother. A similar circumstance unfolds in “My Papa’s Waltz” where the child desires attention and acceptance by the parent. The small boy enjoys spending time with his father and clings to him for attention as they waltz around the kitchen before heading to bed. The small child’s only focus is on his father and the joy he is experiencing. In conclusion, “The Whipping” and “My Papa’s Waltz” both share similarities in their topics as the

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