"In The Groove" By Audrey Thomas

818 words - 3 pages

Have a talk in the familyIn the story "In the Groove", written by Audrey Thomas, the author uses Josh and Charlie's conflict in their relationship and contrast their characters to illustrate the idea that the lack of communication between the father and son is the major obstacle for them to confront. In the story, the author tells about the facts that Josh's discontentment about his father, Charlie has a kind of power over Josh. s, and also Charlie's self without caring others' feeling.As story unfolds, Josh is critical of his father, it hints "he hadn't meant to sound so disgusted but Josh didn't like it when his dad smoked up. He got his real soft smoky voice and always wanted to talk about life (2). Although Josh is the son of Charlie, he doesn't like his father smoking when he is there, it makes him feel antipathy. Josh also shows his anger "You mention it to them before you say one word to me!" and "To me." (came out in a wild, angry squeak. He threw another stone on the fire, a bigger one this time) (10). As a result, Josh is angry with his father because he tells others the news at the first time.Sometimes Josh is following his father's behavior, it shows "Dad, could you teach me how to wave- so people wave back at day." But Charlie doesn't really understand his son's feelings, since he cannot get Josh's desire, which he just wants to be a famous person as well as Charlie. Since Charlie was a research chemist and he also taught at the university, he is interested in the brain. In fact ,he is self , and he just care about his own feelings, , he wants to copy his brain on his son's , such as Grandma Sorensen, but Josh finds it, it tells that " Even when you told her your name , and my name , she didn't recognize us . How do you explain that?"The story claims that Charlie also has a kind of power Josh .When Josh insists on telling his father that his mother doesn't really like him, which cause Charlie feel angry, it shows "'I know that too.' His father was quite red. Josh hadn't realized until this moment, watching his father's face, just how much power he had over this man."(90) Josh also feels an unknown power over his father; he learns it and begins to play at the words from his father. It...

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