Luke Ripley's Truth in "A Father's Story" Book Review by foofan

Luke Ripley's Truth in "A Father's Story"
In-depth review of "A Father's Story" by Andre Dubus.
# 120424 | 4,080 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 15, 2010 in Literature (American) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This paper provides an in-depth, analytical review of Andre Dubus' "A Father's Story," which tells the story of Luke Ripley and the event that turns his life upside down. The paper explains that Ripley is a divorced, middle-aged man who attends Catholic mass and lives a simple, safe life until the night his twenty-year-old daughter Jennifer comes to his house and tells him that she has hit someone with her car. The paper takes the reader through Ripley's thought process as he decides to keep his daughter's secret, believing that he was taking upon the sin and anguish felt by his daughter, just as God takes the burden of people's sins according to Catholicism. The paper shows that Ripley prioritizes his daughter over his religion, but acknowledges that near the story's end, God speaks to Ripley, saying "I am a Father too," which implies that He understands the pain and difficult circumstances Ripley experiences.

From the Paper:

"His relationship with Catholicism becomes strained over the years of marriage and children. What he believed to be a firm foundation for his family was the church. Church is likely where he learned to believe in God. The first signs of struggle between God and Ripley's blurred rationale are present. Ripley contradicts himself consistently throughout the entire story. Moral and immoral, bad and good, are constantly justified within his own reasoning. He does not recognize his reasoning as being much different than his religious beliefs. The struggle Ripley faces being a devout Catholic versus holding tight to his own personal beliefs creates the first conflict."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dubus, Andre. "A Father's Story." 72-94. Black Warrior Review.

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