The Home Place Essay

749 Words Nov 26th, 2012 3 Pages
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,
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During the story, readers can see Ronald’s internal conflict. He feels like he is not important to his father and that he
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will always come second to the land. That’s probably one of the reason why ”All spring Ronald fired his huge, gasoline-laced bonfires of scrub oak and poplar’’(16). Destroying the land is the only way Ronald can use to get even with his father for making him feel that way. The details that Vanderhaeghe uses to describe the setting demonstrate the love that Gil has for his land. This story takes place mainly on the family land. The Home place is special to Gil “Situated in a valley’’ (14) and ‘’down by the river’’ (14). The home place also have a beautiful land that ‘’consisted of the original quarter Gil’s father had homesteaded, the pre-emption, and another 320 acres picked up cheap from a Finnish immigrant’’ (14). The farm is everything Gil ever wanted and a day away from all the beautiful sights the farm has to offer made Gil restless. Another important part of the setting is the broken fences Gil wanted to repair because ‘’the wires were rotten with rush’’ (17) and ‘’They were a disgrace’’ (14). The fact that Gil wants to repair the fences so badly makes the readers understand how attach he is to the land and how important the image of the farm is.

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Even dough the land is no longer his, he still wants to be proud of the land he gives to his son. In conclusion, the author made it clear that

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