Themes and message

Some of the most important themes of the story “Manhood” by John Wain are parents’ expectations and pressure, broken communication, and disappointment. Through these themes, the author’s message is that pressuring children into becoming something they are not can lead to faulty family relationships, frustration, regrets, and disappointment.

Parents’ expectations and pressure

This theme is illustrated by Mr Willison, Rob’s father. His high expectations come as a consequence of his frustration of being raised to grow up frail and without an inclination to sports. For him, looks and strength are more important than intellect; because he feels that his parents have let him down, he wants to preven...

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