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The Father Essay A man is shaped by the people in his environment In The Father by Hugh Garner John Purcell the father is not dysfunctional the whole family is He attempts to fit in but he is stopped not only by his son but by also the rest of his dysfunctional family John attempts to be integrate into his family but on several occasions is obstructed by his son John attempts to start conversations with Johnny but is ignored and soon stops these futile attempts In addition when he tries to watch his son play his son bluntly ignores him As well John enthusiastically greets his son on the street only to have a wave in return John even goes to a Boy Scout dinner in hopes of repairing the damage in the relationship between him and his son nevertheless his son continues to embarrass him As you can see the father is actually trying to become a handy member of his family however his family is actually hindering him from accomplishing his goal The main person responsible for blocking John from becoming purposeful is his own son Johnny Johnny doesnt talk with his dad therefore making him feel isolated from his son since he knows nothing about him Whenever Johnnys dad tries to become functional with Johnny Johnny makes his dad feel stupid for trying Some more specific examples of this is when dad saw Johnny on the street Johnny barely managed a wave Also when his dad went to see his son play games in the schoolyard Johnny bluntly ignored his dad Johnny is the main reason that John is not succeeding in becoming useful However the other members of the family also help Johnny in his evil deeds Johnny is accountable for most of the blockage against his father however he also receives help from his family To maintain as little as communication between Johnny and his father Johnny gets
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