Story: Family and Chris

Topics: Family, Tell, Carl Sandburg Pages: 2 (630 words) Published: December 7, 2012
“Horses of the night” by Margaret Laurence is a story about a boy named Chris that moves into his grandfather’s home to attend high school. The story is told through a narration by his younger cousin Vanessa. The poem “What Shall he Tell That Son” by Carl Sandburg is about a father telling a son about life and how he should deal with it. The poem gives advice to the son that for Chris would have been very beneficial.

In the Poem the father tells his son “Life is hard; be steel; be a rock,” this advice for Chris would have helped because although Chris was quiet and had never talked back he let the stuff people said about him get to him that led to his mental disability. When the father tells his son “Tell him time as stuff can be wasted,” he means that if you think of time as an item then you would understand how much you can actually waste by doing things that don’t matter. When Chris leaves his grandfather’s home he disappears and whenever he came back all he did was try to sell useless stuff that did not help him in any way. If a father would have told Chris that wasting life away in that matter would have just driven him crazy and that although the depression was going he could have put to a better use by helping.

In the story Chris keeps coming back to his grandfather’s home with useless things that he is trying to sell. Although everyone their tries to put it nicely that it is a waste of time and that what he should go back home and help out Chris won’t listen. In the poem the father says “ …to have no shame over having been a fool, yet learning something out of every folly…” this would have helped Chris in understanding that although he makes mistakes he should stop making the same silly mistake over and over again.

Once Chris finally goes home Vanessa his little cousin comes to visit him; she notices that Chris is very quiet and reserved. He lets people talk over him and never talks back it is as if he is a body without a soul; as if he...
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