My Father is a Simple Man

Can life really be compared to an orange?

An orange is like us, we have an outside, and a soul, a seed. And like the seed, it is perpetual, everlasting. And after the orange is gone, the seed still lives to grow an orange tree. I think it could also represent life in another light. An Orange, like life, is sweet but also has unedible seeds scattered within. However after we eat it, we don’t remember the seeds, we remember the sweetness of the orange. In life, we look back at our memories with a rose-tinted filter. Those terrifying times are now just a joke. Just as Mark Twain once said, “Humor is tragedy plus time.”

Does education make someone a “scholar”?

A scholar, as stated in the glossary, is a student. I think that the father is not a student, but would be the teacher. The father is the teacher, teaching his son about the world around him. The says that the father is the scholar, but I think otherwise.

What is greatness?

Greatness is when you achieve something that no one else can. It’s when you “climb the mountain” to the top. In the eyes of the son, the father is great. The boy looks up to the father as a role model, the father knows the bitter hard reality and is able to deal with it. I would say that that is pretty great. A lot of people once they see the hardships, they cower in fear, but to be able to withstand it, that’s great.

How old do you think the speaker is? Justify your response with reference to details in the poem.

I think that the speaker must be an older person, about 40-50. He seems to be trying to give a message to the youth, a message about appreciating your father. This is apparent in ” I can always remember that there was a man who was a worker and provider, who learned the simple facts in life and lived by them, who held no pretense.” It shows the son is proud of his dad, despite the fact that he’s not educated.

For what audience do you think the poem is intended?

I think that this poem (like I said earlier) is intended for the youth. This poem really shares a message about appreciating your father for what he has done for you. It shows the kid and the father together, talking about the world. The kid in the poem seems to appreciate the talk with his father, much like how kids should appreciate their own fathers.

Do you think the poet ever expressed these thoughts and feelings to his father? Explain.

Yes, throughout the poem it describes the interactions through the eyes of the child. I believe that the fact he is writing in the perspective of the son would show that he’s writing from experience.  I think that it would be really hard to write about a good father if you had a bad father. It just wouldn’t make sense.

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