"Crickets," by Robert Olen Butler

Essay by quyentannguyenUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, November 2002

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Coming to America can be difficult. A father and his new bride have escaped by boat across the terrible sea to come to America from Vietnam. They ended up in the state of Louisiana, where the land was very much like the Mekong Delta, where they grew up. Their child, Bill, was born in America. He was much more Americanized and had little knowledge about his cultural background. The story, "Crickets," by Robert Olen Butler is about a father, who is trying to educate his son to be more Vietnamese. Butler is trying to let his reader understand that coming to a new land as a new immigrant is difficult. In order to have a better life, the father and his new bride struggle to come to America. In other words, you must give up something to receive something in return. We can learn more about this sacrifice by studying the three elements that the author uses to explain his theme.

First, the crickets play an important role in this story to help us understand more about the father. Secondly, the tones of the story seem to have sadness and confusion. Thirdly, the irony of the illustrates the generation gap between the father and the son.

To summarize the story, Thieu was this immigrant father's real Vietnamese name, but his colleagues often call him Ted where he works at. They have been calling him Ted for a while, and it is still bothering him. He had fought in the war since he was eighteen years old. Thieu had been through a lot of hardship. His new bride and he escaped by boat to come to America, to Louisiana. Sometime it bothers him that these American men are much bigger than him. He feels like he was the size of American...