My Father Began As A God Analysis

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The process of discovery can limit or enhance an individual based on discovering something for the first time or rediscovering something that has been lost, forgotten or concealed. An individual's sense of discovery can be unexpected when evoked by curiosity, necessity or wonder, however, it can also be confronting or provocative which in turn allows us to stimulate new ideas leading us to new worlds and values. Such notions are illustrated through "away by Michael Gow and the related text "my father began as a God" by Ian Mundine, where both texts portray that the ramification of particular discoveries can be far-reaching and transformative for the individual and their world.

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In the poem my father began as a god, the persona reflects upon the past and compares it to the present, and through the recalling of his seeming dramatic past, self-reflections are made on his own life, and also the life of his father's leading to a change in perspective of his father and himself, revealing to him the "virtues" of his father and the "values" which he held so dear during his adolescence". The characteristics of the personas father where revealed through Mundine's integration of dramatic amplification where he expresses the "heroic" qualities of his father, "as I became older his faults and his intolerance scaled away into the past and revealing virtues such as honesty, generosity and integrity". The use of dramatic amplification suggests that through the passage of time, the personas views changed allowing him to see his near godly "virtues" and begins to remember his father's strong morals of "honesty, generosity and integrity". Adding on to this notion is his use of dramatic comparison of himself to his father where he sees himself as "just one more of all ordinary and the same as everyone else, and doesn't nearly compare to the man he father wanted him to

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