The Death of My Father

TheDeath of My Father


TheDeath of My Father

TheDeath of my Fatheris a piece of recollection by Steve Martin. This recollection depictsthe life and experiences the writer had with the father clearly. Itis a piece that tells the story of two different people who eventhough were closely related, have different perspectives on life.While Steve was optimistic and hopeful about the father, the latterwas pessimistic and relatively jealous. However, the greatest virtuethat comes out of this writing is the element of never giving up on aloved one.

Steverecollects the strained relationship he had with his dad after thelatter’s death. He notices someone talking really good about thefather and realizes that most of the experience he could remember isof his father being mean towards him. After Steve’s movie premier,he does no acknowledge his efforts, yet he always wanted to be in theshowbiz and even bragged about doing some few shows. Steve recallshow he learned about this family whose mother committed suicide andthe father died under mysterious circumstances and realized that heneeded to fix things with his father. He recalls how he startedtaking his parents out regularly and even supporting his dad duringhis illness. He remembers changing how his dad behaved, which led tohim whispering “I love you” for the first time in years.

Inthe end, when the father claims that Steve always did what his dadwanted. Steve replies by saying that he always did that for him. Thatis when the writer realized his father’s deep intention of wantingto be a loving parent and husband, something he failed. The essaymanages to pass the message of never giving up effectively byexploring the readers’ emotions and giving a clear picture of thetransition in the relationship between a father and a son. The bestsentence was, “Well, he’s no Charlie Chaplin,” which is anindication of how pessimistic the father was to Steve on his moviecareer. He does not even let the debutante a chance to develop andbeat a great actor, but instead jumps ahead to compare his son to analready established Hollywood figure, which is unfair.


Martin,S. (2002). . NewYorker-New Yorker Magazine Incorporated-,84-87.