October 29, 2011
Frank Wheeler “The Prodigal Son”
Frank Wheeler is “The Prodigal Son” because his mind took him, his money, and his family to France to live riotously. However, reality and security, with a new position and better pay, caused him to return to the placed his father called home. Luke wrote, “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living (Luke 15:13).” In the younger son’s mind, he was going to live the life he wanted instead of the life his father led. Being at the same job for the rest of his life was conforming. Something neither he nor Frank wanted to do. Frank says, “I wanna feel things, really feel them,” then asks April, “have you been to Paris? People are alive there not like here. I’m going back the first chance I get.” Once the decision was made to go to France, the Wheelers engaged in a heated argument. Frank told April, “I work ten hours a day at a job I can’t stand, but I have the back bone not to run from my responsibilities!” Although the work that he is doing is not what he loves, like his father, he knew what he had to do to survive. The prodigal son asked himself, “How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare,…I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him,…I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as thy servants ` (Luke 15:17-19).” As Frank, the prodigal son knew that he did not want to conform to his father’s way of living. Consequently, he had to get the backbone and run back to his responsibilities. In Revolutionary Road, John Givings asked Frank, “What happened? You get cold feet? You decide, you’re better off here? You figure, it’s more comfy here in the old hopeless, emptiness after all?” John Givings was upset with Frank in the same way the prodigal son’s...