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Tobias Wolffs short story The Rich Brother talks about two brothers Pete the older and Donald the younger The two brothers relationship is not good They rarely see each other and they almost have nothing in common in fact they are just the opposite of each other Pete is rich has a family and owes a lot of good material such as expensive cars and a boat Donald on the other hand is poor careless unemployed does not have a home or a family From the beginning of the story we can see that Pete is the better guy and that actually is the illusion Wolff wants to make By the end of the story we realize that the inner self of each one of the two brothers is just opposite of his economic and social statues Between the many themes one can find four themes were strongly present in this story in fact they are four lessons that Wolff wants to teach to people though this story how faith makes our lives better happiness is not measured by how much of good material one has economic and social statues is not the right way to know people and the nature relationship between siblingsOne of the storys most important themes is that faith makes our lives better by opening our minds and gives us a better vision People with faith look at the world in a better and more altruistic way They tend to see the big picture While people with no faith are more materialistic in the way they view things In the story Donald is faithful man while Pete is not And the difference in the way they look at things is made very obvious by the author We can clearly see that Donald has a better and more altruistic way of thinking than his brother One example is when the two brothers first met in the beginning of the story Pete tries
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