In "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse" by William Saroyan, how does Aram feel about the crazy streak in the family? 

In "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse" by William Saroyan, how does Aram feel about the crazy streak in the family?

 

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teachsuccess eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Aram accepts as a matter of fact the crazy streak in his family; he feels that every "family has a crazy streak in it somewhere..." Aram views as normal the capricious and strange behavior from some of his relatives; after all, he knows that the propensity for volatility runs in the Garoghlanian tribe, a tribe to which he belongs.

Aram discusses his Uncle Khosrove, a man so mercurial and forbidding that he can effectively silence someone with his characteristic roar. According to Aram, his cousin Mourad is descended from this Uncle Khosrove. Aram calls Uncle Khosrove the father of Mourad's spirit because Mourad effectively exemplifies Uncle Khosrove's resolute, headstrong attitude towards life and its difficulties. For example, Uncle Khosrove's son, Arak, once ran eight blocks to tell him that their house was on fire, only to be rebuffed with a roar of "Enough, it is no harm, I say" from his father.

In the same way, despite the possible injury to their reputation, Mourad manages to coolly appropriate John Byro's horse for his and Aram's use for a short period of time. Even when confronted by John Byro about the theft of his horse, Mourad is calm and dignified in his address. His force of character and larger-than-life attitude earns him Aram's respect. Since Aram also harbors much affection and admiration for his cousin's daring courage, he accepts the "crazy streak" in his family as a normal phenomenon.

kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To answer this question, take a look at what Aram says on the subject of having a crazy streak in his family:

Every family has a crazy streak in it somewhere.

In other words, Aram believes that every family a crazy streak in it, so he is neither surprised nor ashamed that his family has one. In fact, he goes on to declare that his cousin Mourad is the "natural descendant" of his family's crazy streak. Note how Aram uses the word, "natural," here. This word further reinforces Aram's belief that a crazy streak is a normal part of family life. 

Aram also believes that a crazy streak is an inherited trait. In the next line, for example, he says that the previous owner of the crazy streak was his uncle Khosrove. So again Aram supports the idea that a crazy streak is an accepted part of family life.

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