Unmarried and without children, Donald earns what little money he has by occasionally painting houses. In the beginning, Pete showed many signs of him caring, mainly for his brother. He tries to start something new with his life and go towards religion, but he does it the wrong way and ends up the same way that he started. As the story moves on, the two brothers pick up Webster, a man who tells them a mythic tale about his own experiences with dreams and relatives - gold mines and greed, family and friends. Donald accuses Pete of being afraid of him because he is different and has a purpose in life.
The concept of innocence and unquestioning faith is always an interesting concept to me. Little by little, he started to become like a critic until he went to the army. Is there any way you can relate the conflict between Pete and Donald to your own life? Pete guesses that Webster is trying to sell his claim to the gold and that the story is fake. His need to be some sort of savior has caused him to put his own needs behind the needs of others. He has too much pride to do either of those things pg.
He lives his life as a vagabond. Donald takes Pete laughing at him to hard and gets upset. 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. They have different appearances, ways of life, and particularly viewpoints. Pete would never tell Donald such intimate details of his life - but in fact, he does have a repetitive dream. Pete is financially successful and has a steady job as a real estate agent; Donald drifts from job to job and from location to location, joining religious groups.
Why is the other not? Pete asks Donald to pay with the money Pete gave him, but Donald has given it to Webster. But at the end of the day, he not only loses his brother but tough love did not help mature Donald at all. This is a sign again that God will always be there welcoming everyone in, which is an important belief in the Catholic faith. Donald is portrayed consistently throughout the story as the more compassionate brother, whose compassion often results in his own punishment of some sort. Themes: -Family comes first - even though Donald and Pete don't get along very well and they are completely different kinds of people, they still keep in touch by choice.
Having siblings is a part of everyday life and problems do occur which sometimes makes a person, or changes a person in ways. It seems very natural that Donald would have given him money for investment. Donald, on the other hand, is an outcast. Tobias Wolff would have never been successful in his short stories had it not been for his childhood. Characterization Continued: Webster - Though not as developed as the other two characters throughout the story, Wolff indirectly characterizes Webster through the story. This very thing that he loves so much ends up being the thing he hates the most in life. On a more symbolic note, the entire short story can be seen as a journey, either to or away from God, but a journey.
Pete is skeptical of Webster, but Donald is ready to give him a ride. When they are not connected it may seem they are independent and whole, but when examined closely it is obvious they are really relying on each other to function properly. When he comes to, he finds Webster is gone along with the money that Pete had given to Donald. When you are passionate about something, you have a strong feeling such as love, hate, or anger. And that its time to man up and grow up. Though it is not a big issue out in the open, it is an emotional attachment that only one can define.
The tension between them will never completely dissipate pgs. Dependence is one of the main characteristics that both Pete and Donald portray without it being easily comprehended. This is also why Pete gets so mad at Donald for simply giving money to Webster - a stranger with a tall tale. This portrays how having siblings can be an enormous part of a persons life. Resolution: Nothing is resolved between Pete and Donald.
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. The older brother, Pete, is a successful real estate agent while his younger brother, Donald, works as a painter whenever. Despite these facts, the successful brother, Pete, still lacks the self-esteem he desperately craves. Although Pete does not speak poorly of the Church, Donald does speak more profoundly about God throughout the story and is much more concerned with helping those in despair. Anders was a jaded critic and the story begins simply enough with him standing in line inside… 801 Words 4 Pages Powder Powder, a short story written by Tobias Wolff, is about a boy and his father on a Christmas Eve outing. They are a source of comfort and support warmth, security and protection, and they help each of their children to make sense of the world in which their live.
He is sympathetic and giving. One brother, Pete, is wealthy and realistic. In any case, the two brothers need each other. One of the most popular is the work The Rich Brother. Wolff paints Donald as the brother who throughout the prevalent sibling rivalry still shows love to his brother by trying to guide him the best way he can.