In "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," why did Benjamin’s father desert him as soon he was born?

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In the story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ,” Benjamin's father doesn’t abandon him at birth. In fact, his father remains his caretaker for many years. He is, obviously, appalled at his condition, refusing to accept it. He cuts off the boy’s beard and refuses to buy him...

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In the story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Benjamin's father doesn’t abandon him at birth. In fact, his father remains his caretaker for many years. He is, obviously, appalled at his condition, refusing to accept it. He cuts off the boy’s beard and refuses to buy him a cane. He even forces him and some other children to play with children’s toys together. Eventually, his father comes to accept him more and helps him gain employment.

In the film version of the story, however, Benjamin’s father abandons him on a doorstep due to his grotesque deformity. The boy is left without any instructions and is abandoned totally to be raised by whoever takes him in. It is clear that his parents are overwhelmed with his disfigurement—being born as an elderly man—and decide to abandon him after his birth.

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