Frank - Frank especially at the end of Section Two seems to...

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Unformatted text preview: Frank, especially at the end of Section Two, seems to be clinging to the Bobers as if his life depended on it. When Morris collapses and Frank has a chance to start working in the grocery store, he acts like a desperate man. His swift donning of Morris' apron is the first of his continuing acquisitions of Morris' identity, and his exclamation that he needs the experience is so transparent a rationalization of his need to attach himself to Morris that the scene suggests that Frank knows that he wants more than a grocery clerk's experience — he wants some knowledge or transformation by sharing Morris' suffering and morality. The introduction of Detective Minogue into the narrative provides material to round out the four father-son relationships in the novel. Detective Minogue's stern and cold behavior toward his son is probably the source of Ward's viciousness. Ward's actions are anti-puritan responses to his father's probably the source of Ward's viciousness....
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