White's Essay on Youth White tells his story under the auspices that it is merely a recollection of the time he spent at a camp. However, in actuality, the camp itself is merely a catalyst for the feelings that White is having about himself. This is evident from early on in the essay, when White begins to feel as though he and his son have switched roles. When speaking of this feeling, White says, "I began to sustain the illusion that he was I, and therefore, by simple transposition, that I was my father." He continues to say that this feeling stayed with him the entire time that they were at the lake, and that though he had felt it before, being there magnified the emotion.
These sounds constantly reminded the man of the restlessness of his adult life. Due to constant obstacles like the sound of the outboard motors or the internal struggles that come with adulthood, the man could only return to the lake as a guest of his own mem... ... middle of paper ... ...izes his or her mortality in the same way. Some people realize their mortality when they are young, while others realize it an instant before they die. I am unsure if I will ever experience this sensation as the man in this story did. However, knowing that I will one day have to face the inevitable, makes me want to create a belief for what will happen after I reach my fate.
To White the mountain lake is seen as "constant and trustworthy", and on the trip back there with his own son, White wondered if "time would have marred" the appearance of the lake. Thoughts of the time spent there summer after summer continued to revisit White throughout the trip and everything from thunderstorms to the stillness of the water Dombroski 2 was seen as a work of art, falling into place and creating an illusion as if it were known what was to follow. White's son acted in the same manner as White did back when he was a young boy, recalling how "I was always the first up" and now, he lay still in bed while his son snuck out early in the morning headed down to the lake. Having seen this anxiety in his son, White "began to sustain the illusion that he was I." Many times during their trip White would feel confused, unable to distinguish who he was, a father with his son, or him with his own father.
In a story that is constantly transitioning between the past and the present, it is important to keep track of verb tense usage, any sort of mistake could confuse the reader. “Once More to the Lake” demonstrates White’s love of consistency from growing up on into adulthood. White sets the stage halfway through the first paragraph, mentioning that he and his father "returned summer after summer", longing to one day go back to the place that he had enjoyed so much. This trip back to the lake brings back plenty of memories, as if there were no passage of time. It is on this trip that White realizes that his son has the same eagerness that he did when he was a boy.
Without possessions, Siddhartha cannot pay the ferryman, but Vasudeva states that Siddhartha, “will give [payment] to [Vasudeva] some other time. [He has] learned that from the river too; everything comes back” (49). Crossing of divine river exemplifies the cyclic nature of his journey in which his past becomes his future; Vasudeva has already realized that Siddhartha, in his extended quest, will one day return to the river and settle the debt because the universe tends toward balance. Years later, Siddhartha will discover Self as he works in the field and ferry alongside his mentor and friend Vasudeva who is uneducated in the academic sense, but is spiritually enlightened (105). Like branching streets off of a highway, the path to enlightenment has unique routes for the same destination.
They go to a lake where the father had been in his childhood years. The father looks back at those years and tries to relive the moments through his son's eyes. He knows he can't, and has difficulty dealing with the fact that he can't go back in time. E.B. White's way of letting the reader know that the father is in a way depressed, is through great detail and description.
Lakeside Memories In “Once More to the Lake,” E.B. White expresses a sense of wonder when he revisits a place that has significant memories. Upon revisiting the lake he once knew so well, White realizes that even though things in his life have changed, namely he is now the father returning with his son, the lake still remains the same. Physically being back at the lake, White faces an internal process of comparing his memory of the lake as a child, to his experience with his son. Throughout this reflection, White efficiently uses imagery, repetition, and tone to enhance his essay.
While Odysseus and his son are united and face the world together, Ulysses sees himself and his son as two different people living separate lives. When he returns, Odysseus has a close, personal relationship with his son; he becomes Telemachus' mentor. Odysseus realizes Telemachus' resemblance to himself - both are noble men of action who value justice. Together, they devise a plan to avenge the arrogant suitors who have abused their household for the past three years. Finally, "he [Odysseus] found the whole company lying in heaps in the blood and dust..." (Homer, 22.383).
Because his father had acted as his security for all the previous days, he feels the most comfort near him and stayed in close proximity to him despite the fact he is dead. Accordingly, Bowlby’s theory relates to the boy’s behavior throughout the journey. The safe haven theory of attachment by John Bowlby develops over the course of the novel, resulting in the secure base trait. In the beginning of the novel, the boy he will not let his father leave his sight. Safe haven attachment towards his father continues as the boy becomes more fearful of the world he lives in.
Eliezer reflects on a time in the camp which is all that he could think about was not to lose his father in the camp. Eliezer also requires his father’s protection during their stay in the concentration camps. Unintentionally demanding this protection, Eliezer remembers, “I kept walking, my father holding my hand” (Night 29). Eliezer continues to show his need for his father’s presence. Eliezer’s actions and thoughts reflect his dependence on his father in the camp.