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Surname. 1 NAME: INSTITUTION: COURSE: DATE: SHORT STORY ANALYSIS. “POWDER” BY TOBIAS WOLFF. In the short story “ Powder ” by Tobias Wolff, we find an irresistible and unique form of relationship between the two characters of father and son. The relationship between the two father and son character reflects the today’s scenario of broken homes. However, the normal father and son roles are reversed in the story, in such a way to show how modern family situation situations are recreated in real life contexts. The father character began when his son had a flashback of being taken to a night club to see Jazz great Thelonious against his mother’s will. In that case, the author wanted to express a picture of a reckless parent who does not care the welfare of his son. Contrary to that, we end up concluding that the father was attempting to infiltrate a cultural foundation upon his son. Thus, the father’s idea was not to expose his son to the night club tribulations. Moreover, he can enjoy while with the son, without worrying much about looking after his son as part of his disciplinarian role as a parent. Whenever he is in the company of his son, he usually has fun because he does not have to worry about the effects of the teachings being passed to the son.
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