The Senator's Son Argumentative Essay

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This summer,for the first time in the years, I went back home. I got to see my family and some of my dearest friends. Most people asked how I was doing and how school was going so far. In one instant, however the conversation led to the question “ Do you regret your choice?”. I admit I was caught off guard. I have never thought about how different my life would have turned out had I not moved thousands of miles away from home at the mere age of 15. I imagined the life i would have experienced with my family and friends the familiarity of it all. The obstacles that I would never have gone through alone. Did I make a mistake? Was I better off in the safety and comfort provided by my parents? I think we have all asked the question “what if?” …show more content…
We all like to think of ourselves as heroes or basically the good guys. In some selections the main characters were the villains of their stories. In “The Senator’s Son” we see how the main character and Jeremy are torn apart because of homophobia. It paints a vivid picture of an issue that is still plaguing the world.The main character couldn 't deal with his best friend coming out as gay to him. He says,” Over the next year or so, I must have called his house twenty times. But I always hung up when he or his parents answered. And he called my private line more than twenty times, but would stay on the line and silently wait for me to speak. And then it stopped. We became rumors to each other.” (Alexie, 89-90) Jeremy was shunned by his best friend and abused by his father because of who he was. The next time they see each other the main character and his friends are beating up Jeremy and his friend because of their sexuality. The two finally sit down and reconcile their differences. Jeremy explains that he let go of the hate crime because he is looking at the bigger picture, which is getting the senator elected into office.Jeremy talked about how life was like after that day in North bend. Their conversation had a deep impact for both characters because it brought years of their issues to rest. They understood that they could never revive their friendship but atleast they got rid of the bad …show more content…
In the selection, “War Dances” the main character deals with losing his father. He reflects on all those time his father’s alcoholism impacted the family. The character also deals with his own bad health because of a tumor he has. He is afraid of dying and uses humor as a defense mechanism. The character feels a strong bond with his father even after his death which he doesn’t understand. In a touching moment he states, “...none of them laughed as hard about my beautiful brain as I knew my father would have. I miss him, the drunk bastard. U would always feel closest to the man who had most disappointed me.”(Alexie,63) The character accepts the truth even if he doesn’t really understand

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