What makes us whole?
My definition of what makes us a whole is when others work together and help them when they need it. Being apart of the ” whole ” needs participation from everyone.
Why does the speaker describe the “man” so objectively in the first nine lines of the poem?
He decribes the man in the poem with no emotion to later. I think the poem show his emotions in the end. I think that the author was building his way up to show emotion later towards the end.
How does the tone of the poem change after the first nine lines?
The tone changes from the man talking about money and insurance for his finger in the beginning to talking about his father who had beautiful hands which broke the bread for them at supper.
Which lines or phrases do you think express what the speaker is feeling most powerfully? What do these lines convey to them?
I think the phrases the speaker is feeling most powerful are, ” give me my father’s hands when they are not broken and swollen, give me my father’s hands, young again, and holding the hands of my mother, give me my father’s hands still brown and uncallused, beautiful hands that broke bread for us at table, hands smooth as marble and naked as the morning, give me hands without a number tattooed at the wrist, without the copper sweat of clinging change, give my father’s hands as they were in the beginning.” The author seems to show emotion in these lines of the poem about his father.
What is the significance of the title?
The title is showing that him and hsi father are two different people, the man has had his finger cut off, and his father had perfect uncallused hands.