Course 3—Lecture - 12

LitCourse 3
How to Read: Finding meaning 
12

 

Evaluating Literature—irony

Irony, the opposite of what is expected, resides in the story's father-son relationship: boy and father seem to trade places.

Doc is the opposite of a traditional father:
undependable (never on time)
childlike in his love of thrill (wants one last ski)
dismissive of rules (removes roadblock)
The son seems to be the mature one in the relationship. His exasperation with Doc resembles a father's attitude toward a teenage son.

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