The short story “Manhood” by John Wain presents the faulty relationship between a father (Mr Willison) and his son (Rob Willison). They are presented riding their bicycles up a hill, with Mr Willison encouraging his son to cope with his fatigue and keep on cycling. At some point, Rob becomes too exhausted to continue and demands rest. When his father insists on cycling back home rapidly, the boy refuses, but he is soon persuaded by the prospect of a surprise waiting for him back home.

Once home, Rob discovers that his father has paid a man to install a punch-ball for him. Rob’s mother is worried that her husband pushes their son too hard to become an athlete, but her husband believes that he is doing nothing wrong. He simply wishes for his s...

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