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William Saroyans The Human Comedy deals with ravages of life Due to these trials Homer is forced to mature How he matures is a result of facing the challenges Two very import themes that help homer mature are family and death Homer represents the men of the house because he works and earns money for the family For example he goes to school until three oclock then goes to work until midnight Going to school and working is very hard but it needs to be done for the family to survive In addition Homer needs to be both a father and a big brother for Ulysses Homer loves and cares for Ulysses and he teaches Ulysses about life and physical appearance Finally Homer said Any work that has to be done around here men can do Girls belong in homes taking care of men Pg 157 Homer is rewarded for being the man of the house by getting love and shelter from his family Love is needed from the family to keep Homer supporting the family Homer becomes mature by working but looses his one and only childhood Death is a very important theme because delivering death messages is what made Homer mature For example Homer told his mother All of a sudden I feel differentnot like I ever felt before Pg 33 Delivering telegram message changed everything for Homer because he was no longer a child Furthermore delivering death telegrams made Homer sick At the age of fourteen when Homer had to deliver death messages this made him realize that one day he is going to die himself At the end when Homer realizes his brothers death Homer said Whats a man supposed to do I dont know who to hate I dont know what to do Pg 186 This showed being a teenager moreover a man did not solve the problem about death He learned death is life because he had to
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