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Paper On "Rule Of The Bone" By Russell Banks: The Men In His Life

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The Men of Bone’s LifeThe men in Bone’s life had a drastic influence on his development as a person. The two most significant men in Bone’s life were I-Man, Ken, and Doc. Ken is Bone’s father figure throughout the book while I-Man is the man that seems to free Bone’s soul from captivity. Doc’s influence on Bone is derived from Bone acting differently from the way he acts. He realizes that he must live life in the opposite way that Doc has been living. The influence from Ken and I-Man are extremely diverse. I-Man serves as a mentor to Bone while Ken terrorizes and mistreats Bone. Ken torments Bone throughout his life while I-Man brings Bone contentment and joy. ...view middle of the document...

Ken was the reason Bone left his family and Ken’s actions motivated Chappie to become the dysfunctional teenager that he was.However, Bone does get some positive experience from his interactions with Ken. This positive experience comes from when Bone finally stands up to Ken when he returns home. Bone says, “Standing out there on the deck I felt incredibly calm and almost old, like I was an elderly and had already lived my whole life and was only waiting around now to die.” Bone feels this way because he was finally able to take full control of the situation with Ken. He was no longer going to be taken advantage of by Ken. This confrontation with Ken was one of Bone’s most essential steps in his quest for true independence.Bone is finally unchained from his agnate life through I-Man and his “soft smile.” He is freed from his life that has been so greatly altered by Ken. I-Man teaches Chappie how to treasure life and love living it. I-Man teaches Bone that he is capable of doing things on his own. Bone is learning from I-Man who has been independent for most of his life. I-Man treats Bone as an equal which allows them to have a symbiotic relationship. Their relationship allows Bone to live peacefully. Bone says, “We were happy then.”Bone’s thoughts about drugs also change when he is with I-Man. The amount of drugs that Bone uses greatly decreases during his time with I-Man. Before Bone met I-Man he wanted to smoke marijuana as much as possible. While with I-Man he was able to limit the amount he smokes to only certain times of the day. He uses the drugs with a different rationality with I-Man. He seemed to be addicted to the drug while he was residing with Russ. Bone realizes that life is not all about pleasure...

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