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This Essay Is A Personal Response And Analysis Of "The Farher You Go", By Richard Russo. "The Farther You Go," Is Part Of Russo's "The Whores Child" Book.

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Response to "The Farther You Go"It is part of our human nature to follow certain social rules in order to live among others. As children, we are taught how to act in front of elders, friends and in many different places wherever we go. We learn how to live in society and how to change our behavior in front of others, so we can respect for each other. Changing the way we act for others many times is against our personal feelings and thoughts. The story "The Farther You Go" is about a family who experiences the norms of everyday family life in Connecticut. The main character, Hank, is a retired man and a father of three children, and has recently had prostate surgery. The story is written in a first person narrator where Hank shares his thoughts with us. One day as Hank is mowing the lawn, his wife, Faye, tells him that their daughter's husband, Russell, has hit her and he is needed over at their house. Julie, Hank's daughter wants Russell to leave, and therefore Hank has to tell him this and take him to the airport. This becomes more interesting as we find out that Hank dislikes his daughter, and that he thinks she is a little bit weird. "The Farther You Go" is a story that through a first person narration shows us how the social masks people put on, and the actions people take differ from their inner feelings and thoughts; further more, "The Farther You go" shows us that by approaching a matter from different angles leads to insight and understanding, which can lead to the problem being solved."The Farther You Go," by Richard Russo mainly focuses on showing us the difference between our inner thoughts, and our actions that are based on our social behavior. When we read Hank's thoughts on everything that was happening around him, we learn how many of the things his wife and children say or do bother him and create this tension that he carries around with him. The story opens with a passage where Hank is mowing the lawn and starts feeling sick because of the operation he had. As he goes on to talk with his wife, we see the first lie he tells in order to be left alone and not make her worry. When she asks him "What's wrong?" Hank replies and tells her that nothing is wrong. When we read his thoughts, we can see how there is something wrong and that he would love to share his pain with his wife but he just does not want to. He indicates that for thirty years he has withheld many of his feelings and problems from her in order not to make her worry or feel bad. When a person holds back feelings such as these, he does not only feel bad, but also starts to reverse the emotions into himself. When one keeps his emotions to himself, that person starts building up huge amounts of stress and hatred towards others who cause the stress, and this happens although others do not even know about the happenings. When Hank is upset about his daughter, Faye is surprised and does not know the reasons behind his anger. Hank's thoughts are completely different then...

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