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Father and Son Relationships
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6 January 2012
Father and Son Relationships
The Heritage Foundation website said, “Youths who experience high levels of parental involvement and a closer relationship with their parents are less likely to exhibit behavioral problems and to engage in risk behaviors” ("Parental”1) This means that children and parents have a closer relationship when they do things together, and as a result, the kids do not act out as much. Fathers who are close to their sons will have sons that don’t act out as much. The theme of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury is father and son relationships, and its effect on Will’s behavior. The relationship between Will and his dad grows throughout the story and Will changes from bad to good. This happens by talking, taking advice, and using both to become a brave hero.
In the beginning of the book, when Will is not close to his father, he follows Jim’s footsteps. He throws rocks at windows. He goes to the theater. He goes to the carnival. Will throws a rock at a window because Jim is around. “Will breaking one window instead if none, because Jim’s watching” (Bradbury 18). Will was looking for the theater because Jim wanted to go, “Will glanced down the street. Which was the street of the theater” (Bradbury 28). Jim drags Will to the carnival and he agrees to go. “Carnivals don’t come this late in the year. Who’d go to it? Me thought Will” (Bradbury 33). Will is not a leader, he is a follower. Wills follows Jim around.
In the middle of the book, Will is growing closer to his father and he begins to take his father’s advice. As a result, Will’s behavior gets better. He does not want to go to the carnival as often. Will doesn’t want to go to the carnival so much that he tried to stay away. Will even told his dad to stay away from the carnival. Will said, “I wouldn’t go back to that place for a billion dollars” (Bradbury 138). His father said “That’s what I was going to tell you” (Bradbury 137). Will takes his father’s advice and even tries help his dad out with some advice. His behavior is becoming different from the Will who used to run around with Jim.
In the end of the book, when Will and his dad are close, Will becomes a brave hero. He uses his newly formed skills of talking with his dad and taking his dad’s his advice. The first brave thing Will did was to volunteer to help his dad kill the dust witch. Mr. Holloway said, “Hold on my sons out there. He will volunteer” (Bradbury 243). Will helps his dad kill the dust witch with the smile bullet. The second brave thing Will did was save Jim from the carousel. He hollers, “Jim get off! Don’t leave me here” (Bradbury 267). The final brave act was helping his dad bring Jim back to life by laughing when he felt like crying. Will truly became a hero by the end of the story because he talked to his dad and learned to take his advice.
Some people might think that Will would have saved his best friend even if his dad was not in the picture. Will would not have known about the bad people of the carnival or how to overpower them if his dad did not tell him. He needed to be close to his father to know how to save Jim.
The theme of father and son relationships and the effect on the son’s behavior is in the book, Something Wicked This Way Comes. We see the relationship between Will and his dad get closer and Will is transformed from a kid who breaks windows to a kid who saves his best friend.
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