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Brother Death Control has many different meanings for many different people To most however this word brings to mind one person forcing another do his or her will but other things have control over people as well Sherwood Anderson shows two examples of control in Don and Ted These two characters have problems created by their difficult lives The other characters personalities either help or hinder the children creating a family with a constant conflict until one of the characters either changes or disappears from the story all together Brother Death by Sherwood Anderson is a short story about power Don and Ted both want to be in control of their life but different circumstances take that away from them Ted wants to live a normal life but his family prohibits him because of his fatal heart condition Mary the only one who understands Teds misery shares a special bond with him John Grey the father has a natural ability to judge cows and could tell how much one weighed just by looking at it This makes him successful as a cattleman but his success drives him to constantly push into his neighbors the Aspinwahls land Johns 18-year-old son Don takes after his father in almost every way He has the ability to judge steers and has won many awards He also likes to be in control like his father which creates a power-struggle between the two Louise the well-educated wife of John Grey comes from the Aspinwahl family Not originally the prettiest Aspinwahl Louise shocks her family by blossoming beautifully after her marriage The story centers mainly however on Ted and Dons troubles Because of Teds heart condition most of the family is over-protective and does not let him play or have as much fun as he could Mary gains Teds freedom at one point by standing up to her mother After this Ted can do all the risky things that he has always
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