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Who is perfect certainly not John Purcel in Hugh Garners short story The Father about a desperate alcoholic father John Purcel trying to get closer to his son Johnny who seems to be slowly drifting away from him This will be demonstrated through out a series of examples which will prove the fathers drinking problem his neglective attitude towards his son and his low self esteem Alcohol can control a persons life and make them irresponsible which affects their relationships John Purcell showed a lack of judgment by stopping to have a drink before he even got home from work making him late for the scout meeting with his son His irresponsibility continued when he met another irresponsible drunken father at the meeting When the stranger offered John a drink he gladly accepted the offer stating youre a lifesaver Due to his drunkenness John Purcell embarrassed his son even further In a paroxysm of pride and happiness he grasped the boys hand and facing the audience held it aloft like a referee signaling the winner of a boxing bout There was a short burst of embarrassed laughter from the tables His drinking affected his actions and caused his son to be humiliated in front of his friends It is very difficult to have a healthy relationship with someone when you are controlled by alcohol Building good relationships involves time and effort John Purcell never put any effort into trying to know his son because most of the time he was too preoccupied with other things to pay much heed to the boys activities He never encouraged or supported Johnny and never participated or went to any of his sons events He did not even know what baseball or swimming team Johnny was on When the curate Mr Redpath complimented Johnny on his exceptional swimming ability the father realized that he seemed to know less about the boy than anyone However he made the
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