Merrell, an American author and a creative writing and literature teacher at Stony Brook Southampton, states that since the early days of your youth to the end of our story our siblings are there throughout our whole journey. According to Wolf, you cannot even tell that they are brothers because of their physical differences, but as the story goes into more detail we can tell that they are different in every aspect. One of the major differences is that one is wealthy and the other is always in need of financial assistance. The biblical story of Able and Cain is that of the first story that puts man against man. Cain and Able are children of Adam and Eve, where Cain is the eldest and Able the younger of the two.
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Please Sign Up to get full document. The author symbolizes tough love between the two brothers, and portrays Pete as the bad guy because he tries to help little brother, Donald grow up. Donald starts talking about the past and refers to this one particular time when Pete was mad that he had to help Donald with everything he needed, because of a surgery.
Pete tried to kill Donald every chance he got after that. Pete gets pissed at Donald and snaps off on him, for minor things. They got into an argument and then Pete left him there on the side of the interstate. Pete is shaping Donald into a grown up in the best way he knows how, tough love. Pete refuses to give up on his brother. The first point that shows how Pete teaches tough love to his brother is not trusting Donald.
I have three brothers myself and trust can be an issue. In the short story, Donald is a screw-up, but Pete never actually tells him that. Which shows that he cares and loves Donald, and not just trying to get something out of Donald. In the meanwhile, Pete is laughing at him.
Pete finds all the mistakes he has made stupid and embarrassing. Donald takes Pete laughing at him to hard and gets upset. Pete was just trying to show how stupid Donald was being. Donald tells Pete all about hoe Pete used to try and kill him because Pete had to help Donald out with everything due to his operation.
Even at a young age Pete was showing his little brother tough love. Sibling fight all the time, but not like Donald is describing, not to the point where on thinks the other is going to kill them.
Pete takes a nap as Donald drive, with the Webster guy in the car. When he awake the guys gone and so is his money he gave Donald. Pete is pissed and snaps off on Donald. And that its time to man up and grow up. He just keeps going about how he will pay Pete back, as soon as he gets back on his feet. Pete gets out the car to talk with Donald. But it all goes sour. Pete leaves Donald there on the side of the interstate, as he wanted. Personally, I think Pete left Donald, so he can see how different life would be without Pete there trying to make him grow up.
You can tell Pete still cares and loves Donald because the rest of his ride home he thinks about his brother. Throughout the short story, Pete indicates tough love in many ways to help Donald mature and grow up. But at the end of the day, he not only loses his brother but tough love did not help mature Donald at all. Pete tries to get Donald to grow up and fails. Author: Michelle Kivett.
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