Childhood Heroes In Abner Packer's The Christmas Memory

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In the short story, “The Christmas Memory”, the author expresses his inner meaning for creating such a beautiful yet sad story of Buddy and his 60 year old companion. Childhood heroes can shape a person’s sense of identity due to the awe-like adoration that is expressed through the admirer.
Many studies have shown that when people are reminded of some strongly valued or heroic people before beginning a very hard job, they throw more effort into the job at higher levels than if they had not had the strong connection before beginning the job. The heroic identification provides inspiration and energy. “The person to whom she is speaking is myself. I am seven; she is sixty-something, We are cousins, very distant ones, and we have lived together—well, as long as I can
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That is, "I can be a _____ kind of guy or girl", where the blank is filled in with some personally meaningful and positive hero. “People who've struck our fancy. Like President Roosevelt. Like the Reverend and Mrs. J. C. Lucey, Baptist missionaries to Borneo who lectured here last winter. Or the little knife grinder who comes through town twice a year. Or Abner Packer, the driver of the six o'clock bus from Mobile, who exchanges waves with us every day as he passes in a dust-cloud whoosh. Or the young Wistons, a California couple whose car one afternoon broke down outside the house and who spent a pleasant hour chatting with us on the porch (young Mr. Wiston snapped our picture, the only one we've ever had taken). Is it because my friend is shy with everyone except strangers that these strangers, and merest acquaintances, seem to us our truest friends?” (Capote 3) This quote is very inspirational because it gives us the sense of longing that Buddy feels toward his friend and role

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