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A Fathers Story A Testament of Love A fathers love for his children surpasses all other forms of love A Fathers Story by Andre Dubus narrates the lengths of a fathers love for his daughter and the extent he will go to protect her even if it means he must sacrifice a part of himself in the process By proving his love a father must face challenges with his own values and morality Luke Ripley the protagonist of the story throws away his ethics and his principles in order to protect his daughter but not without struggling with his loyalty to God and betraying the trust of his only friend Yet even though through this he loses a part of himself he gains something more important in return a meaning for living As a father of three sons and a daughter Luke knows that paternal love for ones children can often draw out intense emotion and passion Although he is pretty much estranged from his sons and is not significantly close to his daughter he still cares for them especially for his daughter Jennifer Jennifer is twenty and I worry about her the way fathers worry about daughters and not sons 477 Even before the incident that would change Lukes life Jennifer is presented as a special person in his life He regards her differently than his other children placing more emphasis on her well-being and her life In spite of that there exists a rift between the two His daughter Jennifer is the only remaining family member with whom he maintains a relationship In the midst of embarking into womanhood a stage in her life that Luke cannot even begin to comprehend Jennifer begins to slip from his already unsteady grasp It was womanhood they were entering the deep forest of itDubus 478 Even though she is entering this new stage in her life Luke
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