“A Silver Dish” by Saul Bellow is about a man named Woody Selbst’s love for his father and his family. In the story Woody’s father, Morris, has recently died. Woody spends much of the story reminiscing about his past, and considering the role his father played in his life.
Much of this story reminded me of Huck Finn, but the character that most resonated with me was Woody’s father Morris, or Pop as Woody calls him. This man reminded me very much of of “Pap”. Morris, just like Pap, was a thief, liar, gambler, cheat, and all around conman. He didn’t think twice about taking his own son’s savings and leaving him and the rest of the family on welfare. After Morris gets Woody kicked out of Seminary he maintains that he did him a favor. He tells Woody “It was too strange a life. That life wasn’t you, Woody” (page 10).
All of this considered I thought it was interesting how successful Woody had managed to become. Through his tile company Woody is able to take care of each member of his family. He even travels to many places like Japan, Istanbul, and Kenya. Woody is in essence a very selfless man. Unlike Huck Finn, Woody clearly has a love for his father. He takes care of him down to his final moments. I think the final paragraph on page 10 gives a very good explanation of why Woody loves his father so much.
I think if Huck Finn had an alternate ending where Huck grows up, he would be very similar to Woody Selbst. Woody never denies the fact that he probably very similar to his father. Instead, he accepts that fact and tries to take as good of care of his family as he can.