Father-Child Relationships in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Theodore Dreiser’s Old Rogaum and His Theresa

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Father-Child Relationships in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Theodore Dreiser’s Old Rogaum and His Theresa

In Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Theodore Dreiser’s Old Rogaum and His Theresa, the relationships of the children and fathers are quite similar. Both stories depict a father who feels the need to physically discipline their child to get a point across. The stories both show actions and reactions by the parents as well as the children to the situations presented in these stories.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain presents a father who believes that his son should be “tanned” for going to school and getting an education. Huck continued to go to school even though he had his father to deal with. “I’ll lay for you, my smarty; and if I catch you about that school I’ll tan you good.”(p.231) Huck’s father, whom he calls Pap, thinks that a son should not be smarter than his father “I’ll learn people to bring up a boy to put airs over his own father and let on to be better’n what he is.”(p.231) Huck’s father also threatened to take Huck away with him. “He said he would show who was Huck Finn’s boss.” Old Ragaum and His Theresa by Theodore Dreiser presents a father who believes that an 18 year old girl should not be out late at night, at least past 9:00PM. Her father would always call for her about that time and she would eventually come home to her father’s hand on her backside telling her the next time she would be locked out.”Muss ich all my time spenden calling, mit you de streeds oudt?” old Ragaumwould roar wrathfully, the while his fat hand would descend on her back.”Take dot now. Vy don’d you come ven I call? In now, I vill show you. Undcome you yussed vunce more at dis time?ve vill see if I am boss in my own

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