My Father is a Simple Man

Can life really be compared to an orange?

Yes, I think that life can be compared to an orange. For example, oranges are plump, full, and very juicy just like lives are. They are also full of color – the color orange and our lives are colourfull too. Not just in the visual way but also in an abstract way, colourfull also means lively and exciting and life is just that. Oranges have seeds that grow and then get planted over and over again. Humans are like exactly this by reproducing. Therefore lives and oranges are perpetual.

Does education make someone a “scholar”?

No, simple education doesn’t make someone a scholar. To become a scholar they would need lots of knowledge about a particular thing.

Greatness is going beyond the average or being superior.

Greatness can be both,  but it is usually going to be associated with beyond average. People usually use the word greatness when they are thinking of a word for the phrase above or beyond average. When thinking of greatness I also think of awesome. Awesome fits better with beyond the average more than superior.

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

I think that he is a sixth-grade student who is 11 or 12 years old.

I’d gladly give my life
for this man with a sixth-grade
education, whose kindness
and patience are true…

For what audience do you think the poem is intended?

The poem was meant for people that are 15+

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

No, I don’t think that he did. Although I do think that the father knew that his son loved him very much or at least wanted to think that.

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