This story took place In Sweden near the woods and a railroad yard on a warm Sunday. It Is about a 10 year old boy who Is spending the day with his father. The father had a day off work and decided to spend It with his son. This story was In a first person perspective through the eyes of the 10 year old boy.
The mall conflict In this story was Man versus Nature it can be dug even deeper and be called Person versus Fate/God or Person versus Supernatural. The main conflict was the fact that the child didn’t know whether to believe in god or not, his father told him there was a god but he didn’t find peace or truth in that.The story had many events happening throughout it but the turning point was when the “ghost train” passed by and his father didn’t recognize the conductor or what train it was. This was when the son started to doubt everything around him and started to question the things going on in his life.
This all changes when the father admits his confusion to his son. The child realizes that his daddy wont be able to provide him with all the answers in life and won’t be able to help with every single that goes on.He finally understood that the world he was living In where everyone knew each other, everything was known and ere wasn’t a real world or a real life, this was not the way to live. I felt Like the mall theme of this story was, that life is full of darkness and mystery there are some questions that will never be answered. In the story the son encountered darkness, while walking home which sparked fear, he felt mysterious presences, the ghost train, mysterious conductor, the thought of god, etc.This is why I felt that the main theme of this story was that life is full of darkness and mystery there are some questions that will never be answered. This short story had many details that stuck with me and gave me food for thought.
One of the most important parts of this story for me personally was in the last paragraph when the child came to the realization that daddy wouldn’t always be there to protect and save him. There comes a moment in every child’s life where they realize their parents wouldn’t always be able to protect them.Usually when a child starts to grow up and start to face new challenges and obstacles In life they look around and think, where are my parents? Who Is going to help me now? In this sad moment they will figure out that their wont always be someone to help and protect them from the dangers of this world. I realized this as I was growing up. I had just “graduated” kindergarten and was stepping out into the real world – grade 1. I was no longer being babied, no more time-outs for the bullies, everyone was on their own.In grade 1 you were allowed to go outside for recess and weren’t being trapped by fences, you were free to do whatever you wanted. Now in grade 1 1 was the new kid, I had recently moved from another school and didn’t know anyone.
The first day during recess I had no one to play with and was walking alone through the field and the “big kids” (third graders) came up to me and started lulling me at first they were swearing at me but I decided to fight back, and then before I realized It I was on the ground my knee was scrapped and bleeding. I looked around – there was no one to help me.At this moment I asked myself, who Is going to help me, I looked around there were no teachers. Feeling helpless I stayed on the unknown; all that daddy didn’t know about, and couldn’t save me from. ” This was the moment I realized my parents and teachers wouldn’t always be there for me.
This is the moment where I figured out I would need to start becoming independent and start facing my fears and new things on my own. In this story we realize that there are usually two types of people in this world, people who believe in god or something mightier than any of us could imagine and people who don’t believe in god.In this story the father asks his child “we know there is a god don’t we? ” At this moment the son starts to feel lonely and abandoned. The thought of god and how god was everywhere made the son feel uncomfortable. In today’s world Christianity (2.
2 billion) and Islam (1. 6 billion) are among the top 2 religions both of which require one to believe in a supreme being – god. Islam and Christianity being among the top two, he third most popular “faith” is now atheism. Atheists do not believe in a supreme being and have no religious affiliation (1. 1 billion).Non-religious people are a different story, while they might not be practicing religion they usually believe in god. There are also other religions such as Hinduism and Judaism which also believe in god(s) (polytheism and monotheism).
From this we see that from out of approximately 7 billion people 1. 1 billion of them do not believe in god. This is a pretty big number and it is one that is starting to grow because of the advancements in science people re starting to disregard a supreme being and are starting to believe in the theories of science.While this child is still young you can tell that the child doesn’t feel like there is a god because when his father mentions god, he starts to feel lonely and abandoned – he wouldn’t have felt that way if he truly believed in god. From this we realize that each much choose their own path, some people will find that religion and believing in a supreme being makes complete sense and is the right way to go while others may not feel the same way and may think that there is no god and this universe was the result of a big bang.