Comparing Father-Son Relationships in The Chosen, The Gift, and Paul's Case

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Father-Son Relationships in The Chosen, The Gift, and Paul's Case

The bond between a parent and a child is one of the strongest things on this earth. The relationships between father and son in the novel The Chosen by Chaim Potok, the poem "The Gift" by Li-Young Lee, and the short story "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather all show this strong bond. In all three genres father and son are the most prominent characters. All have the absence or near absence of mother figures. They also all show how important a father is to his son. The Chosen by Chaim Potok, "The Gift" by Li-Young Lee, and "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather all show the importance of father-son relationships through the fathers' involvement in their sons' lives,
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The narrator tells the reader, "The rumor had reached Pittsburgh that the boy had been seen in a New York hotel, and his father had gone East to find him" (Cather 56). Along with the care that the fathers provide for their sons, they also provide help to their sons when it is needed. In The Chosen, Reb Saunders and David Malter often help their sons deal with problems they are having. When Reuven is not sure whether he should become friends with Danny because he is Hasidic, David helps him choose the right path. He says, "The Talmud says that a person should do two things for himself. One is to acquire a teacher. Do you remember the other?...You know what a friend is, Reuven? A Greek philosopher said that two people who are true friend are like two bodies with one soul...Reuven, if you can, make Danny Saunders your friend" (Potok 74). In "The Gift" the father helps the son by removing the splinter, which the son was deathly afraid of. The narrator says, "...he removed the iron silver I thought I'd die from" (Lee 5). Paul's father in "Paul's Case" also helps his son when he is in trouble. After hearing that Paul had stolen, his father paid back the firm he stole from. When Paul is in New York, he hears on the radio, "The firm of Denny & Carson announced that the boy's father had refunded the full amount of the theft and that they had no

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