The author juxtaposes his two grandparents as complete opposite individuals which highlights their strong synergy and unshakable companionship. The young nephew reveals his grandfather Ted’s nature when he describes him as a “constantly grinning man,” who serves as a perfect and fulfilling conjugate to his grandmother Joyce’s “stern and fearful” personality. The side-by-side placement of these two characters provides insight on Ted’s romantic success as an “absent-minded” person. The grandparents’ relationship thrives due to the sheer differences the spouses share: Ted lifts Joyce off the ground while Joyce prevents Ted from flying too close to the sun. Together, with the employment of comparison, it is clearly seen that the two serve as living proof that success is defined by one’s character and that the extent of their personal “doziness” is ultimately negligible in the grand scheme of life.
In the magazine article, the writer juxtaposes the differences between his grandfather “Ted” and his grandmother “Joyce”. Throughout the article the author describes his grandfather as a “scatterbrain” and “absentminded-individual” that once received a “scar” but “forgot to move out of the way when the propeller started going” or the time that “Ted set fire to stranger’s coat by putting his ... lit pipe in his pocket”. it’s instances like these that characterize him as a yet to be Alzheimer’s individual, who is bewildered and at constant battle with his brain that make him have forgetful encounters. In order for Ted to have a balance in his life he has found “a complementary opposite “which is Joyce. “A stern and fearful woman” who would remind Ted not to place his keys in the fridge. She lacks joy which is ironically in her name but Ted alleviates her from her negative state of mind. The side-by-side comparison of these two characters provides Ted with a comprehensive state of family and love atmosphere. The author sets them up as two harmonizing opposites to compare their personality and display a sense of self- awareness and identity, that no matter how life is lived there will be an equilibrium, in this case family is the key to growing “old” despise the hardships of age and health. In this magazine article, a nephew writes his past experiences with his grandparents on how his “genetic destiny” is an unexpectable truth and he accepts his life as it is.
In the magazine article, the writer utilizes foreshadowing to create a sense of acceptance towards the delirious mindset that will encompass him. The writer creates a connection between the age his grandfather began to fall into his fate and “the age [the writer is] now.” The connection establishes a clear parallel that allows readers to acknowledge the writer’s inherited “scatterbrain gene.” The author continues his forbearance while describing his “genetic destiny” with a series of bewildering behaviors. Already the reader is assured to what the following years will bring. In his meticulous diction to subtly unveil the downfall of his own life, the narrator foreshadows his growing reflection of Ted.
The writer of the excerpt illustrates Ted as absent-minded through their use of commas when listing all the things Joyce does for Ted. In the text, the writer states that "Joyce's role was to remind Ted..." and then goes on to pinpoint what Ted needs to be reminded of in a rather quirky fashion. Several commas are utilized to list these things rather excessively in the matter of one lengthy sentence. This shows just how much Joyce's presence effects Ted by protecting him from his absent-mindedness because he forgets things like "[to] not put his house keys in the fridge". Traits such as this in Joyce paired with all the commas used show just how profusely she tries to save Ted from his greatest threat, which is his absent-mindedness. And as much as Ted seems to need Joyce, Joyce seems to need Ted just as much and in this way both of them keep each other afloat, making their relationship as powerful as it is dynamic.
In the short magazine article, the author creates a sort of ironic-comedy in juxtaposing his “scatterbrain[ed]” grandfather Ted and the “stern and fearful woman” that is his grandmother, Joyce. The two are each other’s perfect compliments, Ted is a lively, but forgetful individual who picks up Joyce while she is feeling down, while she makes sure to keep Ted grounded in reality. Joyce has to make sure Ted’s “absentminded [ness]” does not cause him or anyone else any trouble, like the time “Ted set fire to a stranger’s coat by putting… his lit pipe in his pocket,” or in more mundane situations like the time left his keys in the fridge. The placement of these two polar opposite characters in this short story create a humorous tone amidst the recounting of his grandfather’s memory lapses.
The writer of the magazine article utilizes juxtaposition to emphasize the similarities between his grandfather Ted and himself. As time passes by, the author realized that “as the hair…has become slightly thinner and the hair on…face thicker… [he] started to see a hint of Ted in the mirror.” The grandson is slowly starting to look like Ted, and it would “become more extreme” as he starts “wearing glasses.” This reveals the inevitable destiny of the commentator to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors. As he starts aging, the legacy of his grandfather are clearly shown, not only physical but in lifestyle as well. While his grandpa “could have been [a] gardener,” the writer “spends more time pottering about in the garden.” By juxtaposing the grand-dad and the grandson as sharing the same interests, it is clear that the descendant is the reincarnation of the ancestor. It depicts that one can not ignore the family tree, as destiny can be greatly influenced by it. While the writer is an independent person of its own, inheriting traits from a great unique relative would “have no complaints.”
Through the use of foreshadowing, the author implements his own perspective on what he expects from himself as be begins to grow old. He compares himself to his grandfather by expressing that he should "spend more time pottering about in the garden," continue to drive "but limit it to small trips," and go shopping for slippers and "fall foul of the odd full-length mirror." Ted, his grandfather, is perceived as clumsy and silly; whereas Tom, who has had "many ideas in his station" so far has not reached Ted's level. By describing his clairvoyant thoughts about his future elder being, Tom enhances a connection between him and his grandfather. This link between them creates a clear image of Tom's expectancy to live as "nobly as Ted did."
Engraved in the magazine article, the author dichotomizes the two distinct personalities between Ted and Joyce to further establish the relationship between Ted and Joyce. While “Ted was an almost constantly grinning man,” Joyce was “stern and fearful.” Although completely polar, they kept each other going, especially when Ted’s life took a turn with his disease. Joyce would “remind Ted not to put his keys in the fridge,” and Ted would wiggle Joyce out of her comfort zone and take her to “dancing classes” – a perfect exchange for the two. Needless to say, they were “complimentary opposites;” they were put together to complete their puzzle.
The author utilizes juxtaposition into his writing in order to outline the different traits of his family members. By portraying the two personalities of his grandfather Ted and his grandmother Joyce as "complimentary opposites," the writer describes their contradictory polarities but yet their need for each other. They each play significant roles in the relationship with Joyce's being to "remind [Ted] not to put his house keys in the fridge, or leave loafs of bread on the roof of the car," while Ted's role was "to shake Joyce out of her naturally pessimistic state." The author's inclusion of their differing personalities goes to serve the idea that they were necessities to each other because of their contradictions.
The article commences in third person allowing for the stories of his gradfather's "legendary doziness" to paint Ted as a hyperbolic myth. By telling anecdotes of his gradfather's many misadventures as though they were bedtime stories told to him by his parents, the author succeeds in giving the reader the image of a silly old man with a large heart and endless smiles. The shift in point of view to first person allows the author to convey the adulation he has for the humble elder and his positive outlook on life. The shift also makes the confession of the writer much more intimate, giving the reader the opportunity to truly understand the depth of affection he holds for his "late paternal grandfather." The points of view the author utilizes throughout the piece permits the portrayal of the deep respect he holds for his grandfather.
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