In James Baldwin's essay "Notes of a Native Son" he tries to show how his father has affected his life. Baldwin does not think that his father will or has any effect on his life. It is not until after his father dies that Baldwin realizes what his father had continually told him is actually be true. Baldwin's relationship with his father is very similar to most child parent relationship. Children often think that their parents know nothing and it is not until something actually happens that proves the parents are right that the children realize how erroneous they had been.
Elizer and his father stood by each others side and supported eachother in the arrival of Auschwitz-Bierkenau to be able to survive. Throughout the novel the relationship took a turn for the worse because the conditions they were put in, there was really nothing Elizer and his father can do to stay together. By the end of their journey Elizer's attitude towards his father became more sensitive, he did many things to keep his father close to him, and to help him heal as much as he can. When Elizer's family was first brought to Auschwitz-Bierkenau he was just a young boy. He was holding his fathers hand watching all the babies get thrown in the air and shot killed and even burned alive.
As a child, it is hard to gain an appreciation for one’s father because one does not think about how much a father does for his child. When the speaker grows older, he reflects on his childhood and realizes how much his father has done for him. Everything that the father did for his son and family was done out of love, and the father did not gain any recognition at all. One example of the father helping his family is when he builds the fires to keep the household warm: Sundays too my father got up early / and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold / then with cracked hands that ached / from labor in the weekday weather made / banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.
Meursault’s mother shows his lack of emotion his outlook on life and his inability to lie, while Samsa’s parents show that he was once a provider but throughout the book he loses that ability. The fact that Samsa was living at home working to support his family and that Meursault had sent his mother away to a rest home is a clear example of the different ways in which these men think, and even though Meursault sent his mother away, he felt he was being kind to her by doing it.
Eliezer’s dad was so occupied with the Jewish community and wasn’t really involved with his family. Once they are separated from their family at selection, they realize that all they have are each other. Toward the end of the memoir when Eliezer’s dad becomes ill people question him because he’s sharing his rations and well as attending to his very ill father. Telling him to take his father’s rations and let him die. Eliezer doesn’t listen and continues to tend to his father because of how they came together.
Kafka’s belief that there is no meaning to life and that the individual has to create his own meaning in life is entirely missed by Gregor. Kafka uses the juxtaposing mindsets of Gregor and his family members to express the importance of an individual fulfilling his own needs. The protagonist of Gregor is meant to resemble Franz Kafka. Out of sense of duty to his parents, Kafka took jobs that he did not enjoy. His relationship with his father remained strained throughout his life; his father’s impact can be seen in much of Kafka’s writing (Kafka Birthday: A Letter From Franz Kafka To His Father).
‘I don’t want you to say such things’”(75) is his reaction when his father says goodbye to him. This shows that even when there was no hope for his father, he still remained humane. If he did not have any humanity, he would have simply said good bye and left for his work. Also, his father tries to give him a spoon to help him, but Elie will not have it. This shows his humanity because he still wants his father to have a chance to sell it and live.
Vladek is a family man through and through, and would do anything for them. This, to me, is his defining feature before the Holocaust. Even though he states later in the book that the camps were every man for himself, you can tell that Vladek truly doesn’t believe in that. He tries time and time again to get his family and friends to safety even after numerous attempts go poorly. When he gets separated from them, he makes sure they are doing fine, and puts himself in positions to gain better treatment of his few friends.
At first the concern that the family shows seems genuine, especially for the sister Grete who shows the greatest sympathy for Gregor and takes it upon herself to be his caretaker. His mother and father seem utterly in despair by Gregors transformation and feel that it is a great encumbrance on them since he is the sole breadwinner. Gregor was made to believe that his family is incapable of working and that they were counting on him for support. Gregor in his new cockroach body is unable to communicate with his family, however he is able to hear and understand them. As it turns out his family has been deceiving him; his father has saved up some money unbeknownst to Gregor and his father soon acquires a job as a security guard.
In My Father, No Show Castro shares the excuses his father told him why he was unable to contact him, and how his father still does not contact him. In Fatherless America Blankenhorn tells how fatherlessness has affected their children and generations down, because the topic is almost always avoided. In I'm Not A Deadbeat Dad Maldonado shares how he tried to help care for his son though child support, but it made his life harder because he had to make ends meet just to pay for everything.