The Hairs Are Going White Essay

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The story “The Blanket” by Floyd Dell is about an old man whose son wants to send him away to retirement house because the woman he wants to get married does not like the old man. The man has a son who does not like his dad’s new wife. The new woman is mean and unpleasant to the men’s family, which include his father and his son. In addition, the woman pressures the man to send his father to retirement house, but the young boy does not like the idea at all. The man wants to do something for his father before he sends him away. Therefore, he buys his dad a very expensive blanket. The woman gets upset because he bought such an expensive blanket for his dad. Once the little boy sees his father neutral face, he runs and brings a pair of scissors and tells his dad to cut the blanket into half. The boy says “take the half dad it comes handy one day.” By that, he means that he will do the same thing to him when he gets old. Eventually, the man comes to his senses and he realizes that he needs his family without the new woman more than ever. Likewise, there are a million of those old men all round the world that have problems like the old man in the story.
In United State, there are millions of elderly people, who are facing some problems such as social, medical, and financial problems in their daily lives. Loneliness is one of the most important issues that elderly people have in US. Social relationships are difficult to maintain in old age because of the health limitations, death of family members, loss of workmates, and lack of transportation. Second, unlike many European countries, health and medical are so expensive in US. Therefore, not every old person can get the right health care at the proper time. Third, While health concerns, economic issues are problem that aging population has to face. Many senior citizens can con afford expensive...

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