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    The Older brothers comparison between “The Rich Brother” and “Sonny’s Blues” In both of the two stories Sonny’s Blues by Tobias Wolff and The Rich Brother by James Baldwin, there is one brother who is successful and one who would not be considered successful by most. Pete in The Rich Brother is the successful brother while Donald is not. Pete is successful financially but Donald is very smart but he does not make smart decisions. In Sonny’s Blues Sonny is the little brother who is always in trouble

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    Rich, the word itself implies an abundance of one thing or another, the question is an abundance of what. Many think of the sufficient amount of money one may have: elegant houses, luxurious cars, etc…; however, the word rich takes on a new meaning when reading the short story “The Rich Brother" by Tobias Wolff. In this short story it becomes evident that the definition of rich apparent in the story is being content with who he is and to look out for the ones around him more than looking out for

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    Pete: Loyal to a Fault “The Rich Brother,” by Tobias Wolff is the story of two brothers that from all accounts couldn’t be more different. Pete, the elder brother, is the epitome of the American Dream. He has worked hard and become an entrepreneur, has a wife and kids, and even brags about an ocean view from his home. Donald is completely opposite. He is for the most part unemployed, and although he is a spiritual person, he has been unable to find the right fit for his spirituality and bounced

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    have numerous definitions and connotations; the term rich is no different than the rest. The first definition most people think of when they hear the word "rich" is having loads of money, which is exactly what Pete has in “The Rich Brother” by Tobias Wolff. This definition of rich and the title of the story lead many readers to assume that Pete is rich and his brother Donald is poor, but this is not necessarily the case. A person can also be rich because they supply a large amount of something that

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    that a greedy person will never ease their dissatisfaction. To better understand that greed is caused by dissatisfaction, the analysis of the character Pete in the story, The Rich Brother,

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    them into adulthood. In “The Rich Brother,” Tobias Wolff confirms this notion using Brothers Pete and Donald, whose differences influence their current relationship. Throughout the narrative Wolff reveals the evolution of independence, finances and, perspective placing them at the root of almost all of Pete and Donald’s conflicts. Pete and Donald’s strained relationship started in their childhood, with Pete becoming more independent than Donald. As the older brother he was expected to be the mature

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    story, “The Rich Brother”, two brothers living completely different lives reunite when Donald’s car breaks down, and the wealthier of the two Pete, invites him to stay at his house. Not only is Pete a kind, sensible person but he is wealthy, married, has a sustainable job, two daughters, a sailboat, and a house near the ocean. Compare this to Donald, someone who owes Pete a lot of money, settles for what he can afford, and is always on the move, and Pete is the richer of the two brothers. First of

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    “The Rich Brother”, written by Tobias Wolff seems to be about how the people are defined by the money they have but actually seems to portrays that being a successful person in people eyes doesn’t always means that one’s actual successful at life. The rich brother the title was referring to seems like the successful older brother, Pete, but actually was referring to the younger brother, Donald, who is actually rich at heart. Tobias Wolff started the story by showing what kind of life the brothers

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    “Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk” (Susan Scarf Merrell). Merrell, an American author and a creative writing and literature teacher at Stony Brook Southampton, states that since the early days of your youth to the end of our story our siblings are there throughout our whole journey. Life is similar to a play; parents pass away during the first half; while one’s children come in during the second half; but siblings are there throughout

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    The short stories “The Rich Brother” and “Sonny’s Blues” Include two sets of brothers that are both quite similar. The eldest brothers look after the younger ones but both have an awkward way of showing it. The youngest brothers are the ones that quite haven’t figured life out yet. The older brothers are a little bit different. Sonny’s older brother is concerned about him and Donald in (“The Rich Brother) isn’t really concerned about his younger brother Donald. He is in a way but is more demoralized

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