The Third Bank Of The River By Roger Rosenblatt

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Journey means to travel, to start at one point and move on to another. It was clearly demonstrated in “The Children of Cambodia,” an essay by Roger Rosenblatt. It takes place in 1983 where he interviewed Cambodia children after the reign of Pol Pot. Pol Pot was the leader of Cambodia during the 1970s and he led 1.5 million Cambodians into death of starvation, execution, or being overworked. In another topic of journey, “The Third Bank of the River,” written by J.G. Rosa, is about a father who abandons his family by traveling away on a canoe for years without reason. Finally, “Cathedral” is a story written by Ray Carver in which a judgmental man lets his wife’s blind friend spend the night at their house and things turn out unexpectedly. The main resolution these three pieces of writing have in common is that at least one character undergoes a journey. In deeper detail, journey can be from realizing things about life or oneself, aging from adolescence into adulthood, or moving on. These three stories portray journey in different ways.
In “The Third Bank of the River,” journey is shown by the family. The importance of the father going into complete isolation represents the effects he has on his peers. There is an opposite effect from this story because the father’s abandonment left a prominent mark on the family and their future. From an outside perspective, some may assume that the father would be the one who’s miserable and empty, yet this story carries out the reverse…
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