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This paper examines Andre Dubus's "A Father's Story" and Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" while contrasting their approaches to death, loss and their exploration of responsibility towards those we love. The paper looks at how how the two writers use vastly different styles and techniques and how both works are calls to action in situations with no possible positive outcome. The paper also discusses how essentially, both writers explore the realm of battles lost beforehand, with largely the same conclusion: love conquers all but death - and even there, it's valuable and treasured.
From the Paper:""A Father's Story" is a short narrative - or rather description - of a lone man's struggle with everyday life. The tale's keystone is an account of how he helped his young daughter get away with manslaughter (she had run over a young man while returning home at night) and his own subsequent questioning over what he had done - though most of the story is taken by seemingly commonplace notes of his daily existence, from the names of the horses he rides to those of the operas he is listening to. This narrator and protagonist is named Luke Ripley, he is fifty-four, he owns a stable of thirty horses and he lives alone in northeastern Massachusetts, having separated from his wife and children perhaps fifteen years earlier. His life is simple and he seems to take it slightly in jest, as if nothing truly important could ever happen again: "My real life is the one nobody talks about anymore" (Dubus, 1983, p. 3). Luke is a Roman Catholic and faith has always been a central part of his life, though it is a deeply felt, personal, idiosyncratic faith, far from any judgmental or proselytizing tendencies. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Dubus, A. (1992). Broken Vessels. Boston, Massachusetts: David R. Godine Publisher.
- Dubus, A. (1983). A Father's Story.
- Hardy, B. N. (2000). Dylan Thomas: an original language. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press.
- Ferris, P. (2000). Dylan Thomas: the biography. Berkeley, California: Counterpoint.
- Thomas, D. (1952) (Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night)
Cite this Comparison Essay:
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