In the short story Cradle Hold by David Klass, a very young boy named Duke possesses many feminine qualities, such as preferring dolls over guns or books over the outdoors. Duke’s father Harry is very uncomfortable about this. He tries everything he can think of to change his son, But nothing works. Eventually Duke gets a girlfriend. Harry is very happy but far from pleased. One day Duke decides to try out for wrestling to make his father happy. Duke makes the team as an substitute. Harry travels to all of Duke's games even though he doesn't play most of the time. Duke makes his way up to the best wrestler in his school. He went the whole season undefeated. He was at the championships and made it to the finals. He was up against another undefeated wrestler. In the middle of his match Harry makes some unexpected decisions without thinking how they will affect Duke.
In the story Cradle Hold there are unique characters that keep you reading, a strong plot that keeps the story moving , and lots of conflict to keep the story interesting.
To begin with there are a lot of unique characters that make you want to keep reading. Duke is more feminine than other boys his age and his father harry does not approve of it. “When Duke was five years old, Harry began to worry that his son was exhibiting too many feminine tendencies. Duke was small for his age, he preferred dolls to guns and reading books to playing outdoors.” When Duke was younger he was more feminine than the other boys his age. He didn't care for the “boy” toys. Harry Duke’s father didn't like that. He tried everything he could to make his little boy more masculine but nothing worked. Harry also has a different personality. He is a weird man. “They didn't make girls like that when we were young. “Lucky kid.” “I don't know about lucky, But he landed a beauty queen. Like a tall glass of lemonade on a hot day” Harry is talking about Duke’s girlfriend. He is talking about how he wishes he could get a girl like her even though he is married.
Another things is a very strong plot that keeps the story interesting. Harry has finally had it with the way his son is acting, he wants to put a stop to it. “Harry bought thima long plastic sword, which Duke tossed into the bottom of his play chest, and a two-headed ax, which Duje traded to the boy three houses down for a large stuffed pink elephant. When Harry saw the elephant, he decided that things had gone to far and he’d better take matters into his own hands.” Harry has really had it with the way Duke is acting a feels like it has gone out of hand. A sudden change happens in the...