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Andre Dubus the author of A Fathers Story grew up in the ranching community of Haverhill Massachusetts As a boy he was most likely taught not only the ways of the ranch and the animals but also a sense of routine Growing up with these routines gives someone a feeling of order one that he may carry with him as he becomes an adult After developing into an adult he may choose to use those routines he was taught as a boy in his everyday life doing the same things at the same times A dilemma in doing this though is that when one uses the same routines everyday those routines might become his life causing him to miss out on other important aspects of life he could be experiencing An interruption in that routine may cause him to think about the choices he has made and whether they were the right ones In the story A Fathers Story Andre Dubus shows when a man uses routine to fill the void he has within himself his life might alter after a paternal relationship is sparked causing him to realize that his everyday routines may not be enough to fill his hole In the beginning of the story Dubus uses farm and horse imagery to prove that a man may use daily routine to fill the void within himself The main character and persona Luke Ripley describes some the things he does everyday While talking about his mornings on the ranch he says When the hour ends he takes an apple or carrot and he goes to the stable and tacks up a horse 459 Luke is letting the reader know how each of his mornings go on his ranch Since his wife and kids are gone he lives by himself and in order to keep busy he does the same things every morning Luke uses his routine with the horses to keep himself going everyday
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