Essay Analysing Benjamin Percy's "Refresh, Refresh"

1595 Words May 31st, 2007 7 Pages
The Idolization of My Father
In Benjamin Percy¡¦s ¡§Refresh, Refresh¡¨ the boys develop into men while trying to become like their fathers. They also want their fathers to be proud of them. Freud¡¦s psychoanalytical approach would suggest that the boys are trying to step into the shoes of their fathers. His Oedipus Complex states that the son must metaphorically kill his father, except the fathers in the story really do die, so the sons step into their fathers¡¦ shoes by signing up for the war. In this essay I will show how the boys become men while training themselves to be like their fathers, and using a psychoanalytical approach I will show how the sons step into their fathers¡¦ shoes and how the thwarted Oedipus Complex has
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He dressed as a soldier would too, wearing his father¡¦s overlarge cammies rather than the mandatory blaze-orange gear.¡¨ Later on in the night Josh shot a deer and him and Gordon stood around it and smoked cigarettes. They then skinned the deer making chops, roasts, steaks and bundle the meat up, something that their fathers definitely taught them, and they now did on their own. Other boys, like Seth Johnson, also hunted, drank beers and bullshitted like their fathers. Seth sat around a fire with his friends drank beers and ¡§joked about Jessica Robertson¡¦s big ass titties and passed around a bottle of whiskey and drank to excess.¡¨
Gordon and Josh took their bullshitting even farther by taking the deer skin and scaring Seth and his friends. They also slashed Seth¡¦s tires and stole all of the rifles in his car. This showed that Gordon and Josh were still boys and not yet men. It wasn¡¦t until they saw Dave Lightener on Seth¡¦s porch to tell Seth and his mother that his father had died that Gordon and Josh truly started to become men. They felt sorry for Seth, so they gave him back the rifles they had stolen, bought him a six-pack and some money, and left it all on Seth¡¦s front porch. ¡§And then we felt bad again, and on Christmas Eve we drove to Seth¡¦s house and laid down on his porch the rifles we had stolen, along with a six-pack of Coors, and then, just as we were about to leave, Gordon dug in his back pocket and removed his wallet and placed under

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