Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Silver Dish

The silver dish is a story about a man who is grieving the death of his father. He mentioned in the beginning of the story that he mentioned how his father had a wife and a mistress and only cared for himself. Woody also told the audience how he had two sisters, who were in their fifties and lived with their mother. Woody dressed his father for the burial in the way that he wanted and buried him amongst jews, like his father requested. Woody told the audience about the time his father left his mother and sisters and he made Woody the "man of the house." Woody tells the story of how his father's family had previously abandoned him when they were traveling to America because of his eye infection, which could also affect his decisions in leaving his family. He was left as a young boy, so he probably sees that it's okay to leave his family as well. He told us how the preacher looked down upon his father as well. On pages two and three its Sunday and the bells rang, which reminded Woody of his father. Woody hadn't really come to closure with the death of his father until he heard the bells ringing on Sunday, which is the day he would visit his father.
Aunt Rebecca kept giving him a hard time of showing characteristics of his father. Aunt Rebecca had previously had her breasts removed and Woody was told that it was because women who didn't have their breasts fondled and played with obtained breast cancer. This was kind of interesting to me because I have previously heard this somewhere else but I don't remember where, it seems kind of silly that this would be true..but you never know!
While Morris was laying in the hospital, he begged Woody for help. He told him that Halina's husband had taken his money and he wanted to protect her. He didn't think that her new husband was good for her. Pop also mentions that he can only "help" Woody. In A Silver Dish Woody states "He wanted me like himself, an American." I think this means that Pop wants to teach Woody how things in society really are and not how his mother and aunt want them to be. They're extremely religious and there's nothing wrong with that but Pop has a more actual view of how society is and actually faces hard times.
Pop completely used Woody for money and ended up getting him kicked out of seminary school, which meant a lot to him. He got Woody to get him fifty dollars and while he was getting the money Pop stole a silver dish from a locked cabinet that he thought was going to be worth a lot of money. After Pop and Woody left their house, it wasn't long after that, that they figured out it was missing.
Woody took his "dependents" to Disney World in Florida when it opened. At first I didn't understand what he meant by dependents but he was referring to his mother and sisters and the mistress. He didn't refer to them as family because he felt as if he was taking care of them out of it being his duty and not out of loyalty.
The last few paragraphs Woody was describing to the readers the pain he was going through as his father was slowly dying. He never really showed compassion for his father throughout the story, he just did little things like stick up for him with the silver dish situation and see him behind his mother's back. Pop was really the only relationship Woody had in the story. Woody referred to his mother, mistress, and sisters as people he had to take care of. He made it seem like it was his "job" to take care of them and not him doing it out of willingness.

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