Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Passage To Manhood - Comparing :: essays research papers
By reading a certain print texts, readers are manipulated into accepting or rejecting additional texts. The short story Ã¢â¬Å"The Altar of the FamilyÃ¢â¬ written by Michael Welding shares many comparisons with the feature article Ã¢â¬Å"Boys to MenÃ¢â¬ written by Stephen Scourfield, and by reading one the reader can make clear understanding of the other. Symbolism, genre and certain values and attitudes are present in both the texts and will be further examined in the following essay to show that a readers understanding of particular print texts is shaped by the reading of previous texts. By reading Ã¢â¬Å"The Altar of the FamilyÃ¢â¬ the reader understands that to become a man a boy has to pass certain Ã¢â¬Å"tests or ordealsÃ¢â¬ in order to gain Ã¢â¬Å"rights of passageÃ¢â¬ to manhood. This process is clearly shown in the print text Ã¢â¬Å"The Altar of the FamilyÃ¢â¬ . David, the boy in Ã¢â¬Å"The Altar of the FamilyÃ¢â¬ is under constant pressure from his father to become Ã¢â¬Å"more manlyÃ¢â¬ . His father constantly demoralises him and on one occasion brands him a Ã¢â¬Å"lily-livered poofterÃ¢â¬ . The symbolism of using such words is evident in this text as lilies are something that David admires yet are extremely Ã¢â¬Å"girlishÃ¢â¬ in the eyes of his father, a man. In an effort to please his father David took it upon himself to kill a possum that had become a menace to his father, this would make him a man, this would grant him his Ã¢â¬Å"rite of passageÃ¢â¬ . The possum eventually appeared and was described as David would describe his much- loved lilies, Ã¢â¬Å"soft, beautiful, white in the moonlightÃ¢â¬ . The symbolism of using the same words to describe the possum like the much loved lilies shows the reader that it is against DavidÃ¢â¬â¢s morals to kill the animal of such beauty but if such a task has to be completed to gain manhood then so be it. Much to his dismay he shot the possum and in his own mind was a murderer but in the eyes of his father he would be a man. When looking for the dead possum the next morning his father greets him by saying, Ã¢â¬Å"WhatÃ¢â¬â¢ve you lost old man?Ã¢â¬ and this shows the reader that David has now become a man in his fathers eyes. By reading Ã¢â¬Å"The Altar of the FamilyÃ¢â¬ the reader is led to believe that certain tasks have to be completed in order to gain manhood.