The Last Game vs. Reunion Contrast Essay

1411 Words Mar 5th, 2007 6 Pages
"The Last Game"
Stories of Contrast

What is a father? A father is someone who is more than just a person who created you. A father is a person who should be a mentor to you and helps guide you through life. What isn't a father is one who simply puts their children aside to live their own lives and have no part in their children's life and growth. The stories I will be contrasting are "The Last Game," by Jan Weiner and "Reunion," by John Cheever. My first reason of contrast is that in "Last Game," the relationship between characters Jan Weiner and his father is that of mutual admiration in which the son had great respect for his, his pride and braveness of choice which is contrasted in "Reunion," as the son Charlie
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I think this reason is important because it shows how a father should and should not present a view of himself to his child. What this reason means to me is that the picture you paint of yourself makes a drastic impact on what your child thinks of you. It might have a huge effect on what decisions the child will make in the future whether positive or negative. Mostly this reason might be what helps the child build a good morale and self-esteem. To further prove my reason I these quotes, from "Last Game," Jan Weiner says, "I would have liked to have begged my father no to leave me. But something in my father's face made me not plead. I knew he was right…" (p.4) and from "Reunion," when character Charlie says, "I felt he was my father, my flesh, my future, and my doom." (p.232) When a person is aggressive and abusive they might be the one person who's holding their loved ones back while there are also people that go out of their way to be the type of presence their loved ones need in their lives to become better people. The second contrasting reason is in "Last Game," the son's father is dealing with political problems in that he's a Jew constantly being chased by Nazi's and had make an inevitable decision on how he
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