The Home Place
The story ‘’The Home Place’’ by Guy Vanderhaeghe is about a relationship between a father and a son. Throughout the story, the readers see and understand the reason behind Gil and Ronald broken relationship. In this story, the author implies that when a father puts is love for is land before his son, their relation will suffer. Vanderheaghe explains his theme with the help of the characters traits, the setting and conflicts. The author develop the character of Gil as a father who love is land, is dominant and cold. During the story, Vanderheaghe demonstrates many times how much Gil adore is land and how important it is to him, for example: ” To Gil it had all been beautiful. It was all he had ever wanted, to possess that place and those sights”(15). Gil is also a man who likes to be in control. He wants things to go his way even if it not is responsibility anymore. At one point in the story, Gil even interfere in his son life when he 2
tell him: ’’‘’No divorce, Ronald,” he repeatd.”No divorce. Don’t let that bitch break up the home place””(16). Ronald relationship with is father is awful because his father is not only dominant with him but he is also really cold toward him. The best example of this coldness would be at the end when Gil says to Ronald: ‘’You’ve got no right to look down on me,’’(17). Vanderhaeghe use of conflict emphasises the problem between Gil and Ronald. In the story, the readers quickly understand that two of the major conflicts are between Gil and his son. To start off, Gil is a shame of his son because he never accepted his choice. To Gil everything his son is doing is wrong. Even when he got married Gil speculation was ‘’that is son married only to get his hands on land’’(14). The other main conflict in ‘’The Home Place’’ would be about the land because Ronald is not taking care of his father land, the way Gil would like. When Ronald says to his father that he would ‘’open a pit and peddle gravel...
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