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Coming to America can be difficult A father and his new bride have escaped by boat across the terrible sea to come to America from Vietnam They ended up in the state of Louisiana where the land was very much like the Mekong Delta where they grew up Their child Bill was born in America He was much more Americanized and had little knowledge about his cultural background The story Crickets by Robert Olen Butler is about a father who is trying to educate his son to be more Vietnamese Butler is trying to let his reader understand that coming to a new land as a new immigrant is difficult In order to have a better life the father and his new bride struggle to come to America In other words you must give up something to receive something in return We can learn more about this sacrifice by studying the three elements that the author uses to explain his theme First the crickets play an important role in this story to help us understand more about the father Secondly the tones of the story seem to have sadness and confusion Thirdly the irony of the illustrates the generation gap between the father and the son To summarize the story Thieu was this immigrant fathers real Vietnamese name but his colleagues often call him Ted where he works at They have been calling him Ted for a while and it is still bothering him He had fought in the war since he was eighteen years old Thieu had been through a lot of hardship His new bride and he escaped by boat to come to America to Louisiana Sometime it bothers him that these American men are much bigger than him He feels like he was the size of American women He had heard New Yorkers on television and he can speak faster than them His ten-year-old son began to speak English like other Louisianans
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