Who took the boy to school in "Half a Day"?

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The boy is taken to school by his father. In the opening paragraph of the story, the boy, who is also the narrator of the story, says that he "walked alongside (his) father." A little later in the same paragraph, it is clear that the boy and his father are...

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The boy is taken to school by his father. In the opening paragraph of the story, the boy, who is also the narrator of the story, says that he "walked alongside (his) father." A little later in the same paragraph, it is clear that the boy and his father are on their way to school. The boy says that he was wearing new shoes and a new school uniform but that these new shoes and new clothes did not make him feel happy because "this was the day (he) was to be thrown into school for the first time."

At first the boy assumes that he is being taken to school as a punishment, and he asks his father what he has done to deserve the punishment. His father assures him that "School's not a punishment" but rather "a place that makes useful men out of boys." The boy is not convinced and thinks that school is merely a "huge, high-walled building." This description suggests that the boy thinks of the school as a kind of prison. The text implies that he wants his father to take him back home, where his mother stands at the window, watching her son's "progress."

When they arrive at the school, the boy's father encourages him to go in by himself and tells him to "Put a smile on (his) face and be a good example to others." The boy hesitates, but his father "gently pushe(s) him away," telling him to "Be a man" and reassuring him that he will find him "waiting for (him)" at the end of the school day, "when it's time to leave." When the boy enters the school, some of the other boys ask him, "Who brought you?" The boy replies, "My father."

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