In what ways does McGahern make the relationship between father and son memorable in "The Stoat"?

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In John McGahern’s story, one interesting feature about the son’s relationship with his father is that he is actually closer to his father’s brother. The young man, who is the story’s narrator, has decided to study medicine because his uncle promoted this career; his father, who is a teacher, had wanted him to become a banker. The gaps in understanding between father and son, which were clearly present before the story’s action begins, grow deeper as the father decides to remarry.

As his father’s plans...

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