The overall theme in each of the writings is love of family.
No matter their flaws, shortcomings or behavior each relationship is defined by
love. In the poem “My Father Is A Simple Man”, Luis Omar Salinas, writes, “I would gladly give up my life for this man
with a 6th grade education.” This sentence defines the relationship
between the speaker and his father in the poem. The speaker and his father walk
to town one day and along the way their conversation allows the speaker to see
his father as a man of greatness and wisdom. The speaker lovingly says about
his father “whose patience and kindness are true…he’s the scholar.”
In the short story
“Raymond’s Run”, the main character, Squeaky, defines her relationship with her
brother Raymond by boldly saying “If anybody has anything to say about my
brother’s big head, they have to go by me.” Because Raymond has developmental
issues, Squeaky is responsible for watching out for him. She doesn’t mind
because she loves her brother and would do anything for him. The importance of
family is especially strong in this story.
In the story “President
Cleveland Where Are You?” Jerry defines his relationship with his father by
saying, “My father has to be the only answer.” Jerry loved his father even
though he was an alcoholic.” “My father is a huge man who believed in the
things of spirits, although my mother often maintains that he believed in
bottles” Jerry was shopping for baseball cards when he remembered it was his
father’s birthday the next day. Jerry really wanted to get the baseball cards but
didn’t have enough to buy them and a gift for his father. He asked his friends
to help him cover the cost of both but they only had enough to help him buy
one. Jerry was mad but in the end he decided “My father has to be the only
answer.” Jerry bought a blue tie for his father instead of getting the cards
for himself. Jerry’s action to get a gift for his father’s birthday proved that
his love for his father was more important than baseball cards. In all three
writings, the significance of these family relationships show the reader the
importance of loving your family.
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