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Family in “The Rich Brother” and “The Barracks Thief”

Tobias Wolff’s “The Rich Brother” and The Barracks Thief each present childish, flawed men pursuing independent paths to escape their crippling family life. The main characters’ relentless rivalries, and family transgressions have provoked them to underestimate their need for others. “The Rich Brothers’” Pete and Donald are complete opposites in every aspect of their lives;…

‘Climbing My Grandfather’ by Andrew Waterhouse: Analysis

The narrator imagines climbing his grandfather using the extended metaphor of his grandfather as a mountain and himself as a climber. The narrator may have imagined this or recounted this, picking out details from observing his grandfather. Ideas and Themes: Family relationships Getting older Structure: Poem highlights the child’s progress from bottom of mountain to…