My fathers life Essay

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my fathers life



Like Father Like Son
In “My Father’s Life” by Raymond Carver I learned that Raymond Jr is an alcoholic, has the
same name as his father, and an inability to settle. These are all traits that he has in
common with his father. I will further discuss the things that children learn from their
parents and take with them throughout their adulthood.

In the beginning of the story we are told of the common names between Raymond and his
father. I got the impression that he did not like having the same name as his father. I
base this assumption that he doesn’t like having the same name as his dad on when he said:
“I hated the ‘Junior’ part”. Another reason I say he didn’t like having the same name as
his dad is when he put this information in his story: “When my wife answered the phone, my
mother blurted out, ‘Raymond’s dead!’ For a moment, my wife thought my mother was telling
her that I was dead. Then my mother made it clear which Raymond she was talking about.”
Why would Raymond include this in his story unless he disliked it. I think this is a way
of inadvertently expressing his dislike for having the same name. Raymond was always
confused with his father. I think he didn’t want to be like his father. During his
childhood and later on in life he would strive to be his own person.

Raymond’s father was an alcoholic, and he was an alcoholic even before Raymond was born.
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