We begin analyzing Troy and his father’s relationship to help us better understand why Troy is the way he is. Troy and his father’s relationship was not a very healthy one. Troy’s father was a horrible one, Troy states “Sometimes I wish I hadn’t known my daddy. He ain’t care nothing about no kids.” (Wilson 991), this exemplifies how Troy will be affected as his father never truly cared for his existence. According to Troy his father only wanted kids to work, “All he wanted was for you to learn how to walk so he could start you working.” Troy also tells us that his father was a selfish and evil person even going as far as to call him “the devil himself” (Wilson 992). On page 991 Troy depicts his father as an individual who is solely driven by his job and debt, “…getting those bales of cotton in to Mr. Luben… and find out he owe him money…” (Wilson). This father-son relationship does manage to get worse, Troy explains it as the day he became a man, to p...
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...didn’t crumble after the experience, instead of moving onto a life of crime he stood by his morals and fought the good fight by joining the marines. Cory and Troy’s relationship is a volatile mix of the same fighting spirit, and high aspirations of himself. Cory truly represents the kind hearted and strong willed portion of Troy.
Like father, like son, they say a son is a reflection of his father. A father-son bond is very fickle, easily warped and crumbled. Whether it’s sons or just a son, your children will represent different aspects of you. Cory and Lyons are perfect examples of this, Lyons represents the dreamer portion, causing him to be a lazy good-for-nothing whose lack of income turns him to the crime world to make quick cash. Cory is the courageous, strong willed, and moral man his father could have been, he works hard and understands the importance of it.
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