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Robert Andersons play I Never Sang for My Father is an emotional story about Gene Garrison and his father Tom Garrison attempting to love one another His fathers abandonment and his mothers early death traumatized Tom Garrison as a child Forced to take care of himself and his siblings he grew up fast cold and emotionally detached As an adult Tom Garrison is controlling self-centered and materialistic His demanding methods and distant emotions prevent he and his grown children from being able to love and communicate with each other As an adult Tom Garrison had been very successful and well respected Through determination he accomplished more than anyone would have expected Early in life I developed a will of iron Tom used that same will of iron to raise and control his children Tom drove his own daughter Alice out of his life by refusing to accept her choice of a husband Alice recalls her father and Genes relationship by saying He was mean unloving He beat you when you were a kid Youve hated and feared him all your adult life To the outside world Tom was quite a fella Although shes reluctant to acknowledge it even Toms wife Margaret admits that she has suffered neglect and fear from her husband Tom Garrison presents two different faces to the world and his family but he also has two internal conflicts Tom is insecure and discontented He struggles to maintain a strong outward appearance Many times he remarks I can take care of myself Dont worry about me Yet on other occasions he strains to be sensitive and show his love He seems to genuinely care about his wife saying Is there a draft in here I like to keep Mrs Garrison out of drafts He displays devotion to his wife when he says Your wish is my command He tries to show love for Gene but his attempts are rejected As he turns to
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