Throughout the book Pollack encourages parents to take time with their sons in helping them express their feelings while showing them empathy and love. Pollack discusses the ways parents can help their boys escape from the gender straightjacket that is imposed upon them. Pollack exposes myths that negatively portray boys as macho creatures shaped by testosterone with no social skills. He instead presents examples of boys who are emphatic as a result of nurturing parents and educates the reader to be aware that boys express their love through action and work. Pollack includes chapters regarding the different but equally important role of mothers and fathers in bringing up their sons.
The both need a person to help them. In brief, when a mentor helps a person, he will receive a guidance to the right path. In conclusion, Mark Honigsbaum wrote “Changing the World One Boy at a Time” to prove that boys and young men need guidance from a mature male adult. He starts by mentioning that these boys have psychological problems. He then says that the “Quest” event will help them to retrieve their personalities.
He explains these codes with several instances and by including his own example to convey to the reader the challenges of growing into a man. Through the various stories of young boys, he intends to explain why men seem so insensitive to help women understand why men sometimes seem “remote” or “uncommunicative”. The supporting detail of this article does relate to the main idea. The author supports his claim by narrating the boys code
If it is a mans world, then why do boys wear a mask and struggling with low self esteem. Willliam Pollack a well respected author of many books and director of the centers of men and young men shares his views of why boys struggle, and why society don’t think to help instead assume that boy’s are always fine, in the article Inside The World Of Boys Behind The Mask Of Masculinity. Pollack opens this article with “a fourteen-year-old boy, he is doing badly in school and he might fail algebra, but when the teacher or his parent ask about it, he said everything is just fine. He hides his true identity behind the mask, and let’s no one see his true self.” After reading this article I agree with Pollock and find that in today’s society that boys still have trouble taking off the mask and have trouble showing how to express themselves. I feel in today's society boys struggle with lots of things that may lower their self esteem.
As a young man grows up in this world, there are important things he must be aware of. There are standards and expectations that are fixed into the brains of men in this culture from a young age. As boys and men in this country, it is expected of us to act and appear a certain way or we might face great humiliation. We are taught to be tough, manly and better than the rest of the guys. Michael Kimmel “bros before hoes: the guy code “explains the strict code that young boys have to live by, a code of masculinity, it’s a day by day check list on how to be a true man in the eyes of other men.
The Trask family was fictional, helping to tell the story Steinbeck felt was important to every man. This universal family living next to a universal neighbor had meaning to his sons as well as to anyone who picked up the work. John Steinbeck calls the novel the story of my country and the story of me. East of Eden tells of a boy becoming a man as he overcomes jealousy and realizes self worth; this being achieved by the realization that everyone possesses good and evil. A quote from Steinbeck himself expresses the desire he had to instill this in the lives of his sons, "this is for my sons" to read when they are grown...And so I will tell one of the greatest-The story of good and evil, of strength and weakness, of love and hate, of beauty and ugliness."
Boys think that they must put on a persona that they are tough and no one can hurt them. I agree with the author that the boys are forced to hide their emotions and fears that’s why men become insensitive. Because the most important factor of how boys become tough men is how adults treat and teach them differently from girls. The boys start hearing messages that they need to be strong and tough from adults since they are just babies. I think this is the main problem that causes men to be insensitive and emotionalist.
William P. Irvine Kingston: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University, 1979, Pp. Xii, 99." Canadian Journal of Political Science 13.02 (1980): n. pag. Print. Sutherland, Neil.
Symbolized within the writing and drama is a representation of a seed that shows growth and development. Through analyzing the writing, growth can be best seen through Biffs character. As seen within the opening acts, Biffs character is very resilient towards his father due to the thought of being a salesman is pressed upon him. As the story progresses and Biff sees his fathers condition, he tries to show his love for his father while also learning to become himself rather than what others want or see him as. Within the article by Richard Martin, is expressed that “Biff, unlike Willy, gradually learns to be himself, instead of staying on as a compulsive victim” (Martin).