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Compare/Contrast Essay
ENG 125
Lesa Hadley
August 15, 2011

The two stories that I am using for my compare/contrast essay are "Story of

the Lost Son" found in the Gospel of Luke, and "A Father's Story" written by

Andre Dubus. The last lines in "A Father's Story" sum up both stories. "I love her

more than I love truth. Then you love in weakness, He says. As You love me, I

say" (Clugston, 2010). This is a "conversation" that the father is having with God.

A parent's love for his or her child is comparable to the love that God has for his

children. Both were willing to sacrifice for the sake of their child. Perhaps in

different ways but isn't sacrifice all the same when it comes to the bottom line?

The "Story of the Lost Son" is found in the Gospel of Luke in the Bible. This

story focuses on the greed of one son and the commitment of the other. Also, in the

end the story focuses on the love that a parent has for his or her child. Both son's

had worked on their father's farm for as long as they could remember. The younger

son had decided that instead of waiting for his father's death, he wanted his share

of the land right then and there. The older brother continued on working for his

father while the younger one went out into the world and squandered every bit of

his inheritance. This went on for many years and the younger son was assumed to

be dead. The younger son came back to his father and the land when he had

nothing left to survive on. He begged his father's forgiveness and offered to

become one of the farmhands, he did not feel as if he deserved to be a part of the

family any longer. The father embraced him with open arms and threw a party in

honor of his return. When the older brother discovered what was going on he was

furious. He complains that he has worked for his father tirelessly and the father has

never thrown him a party. To that is father responds "Son, you don't understand.

You're with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—but this is a

wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he's

alive! He was lost, and he's found!"( Clugston, 2010).

The second story that I read was "A Father's Story" by Andre Dubus. This

story also focuses the love that a parent has for a child. Luke Ripley is a divorced

man living on his own. He is trying to fill his days now that his wife and children

have moved on with their lives. Luke spends his days tending to his animals and

his home and often has visits from Father Paul LeBoeuf to pass the time. Luke's

youngest daughter, Lisa, still comes to visit him, and on one of those visits Luke's

unconditional love is shown in his actions. Lisa is on her way home from spending

a night out drinking with her girlfriends when she hits a man that was walking

down the road. Lisa goes to her father's home, waking him up, to tell him that she

thinks she has hit someone. Luke sends his daughter to bed and spends his night

listening to opera and contemplating what he is going to do about the dilemma his

daughter has gotten herself into. Come morning Luke sets out to find the poor man

that his daughter had hit with her car. He finds the man laying face down in the

ditch with blood coming from his mouth. Luke leaves the man there and goes

home without seeking medical attention for the man, whom is still breathing. Luke

enters the house and tells his daughter that he has found the man whom she hit but

that the man is dead, and was probably dead as soon as he was hit. This was

obviously a lie but Luke was trying to comfort his daughter. Luke continued to

"clean up" his daughters mess by driving to the church where he runs her car into a

tree. Most likely to give credence to the fact that car had been damaged by Lisa

hitting the man. Lisa returns home from her father's...
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