In Fiona Maazel's short story “Let’s Go to the Videotape”, the father-son relationship is particularly interesting. Nick is the father of Gus, a 5-year-old.
The tragic death of Nick’s wife in a car accident has affected the relationship between Nick and Gus. Gus has been visibly traumatised by the event, as he develops a speech impediment. We later learn that he also suffers from guilt over having survived the accident while his mother did not. Furthermore, in Nick’s opinion, Gus’ loss of blind faith in the world after the tragic event makes him “hard to parent” (l. 5), suggesting Nick has difficulties in relating to his son.
Nevertheless, Nick also considers that the loss of his wife strengthened the relationship between himself and his son (l. 9), with Nick apparently tending to be overprotective of his son: “Gus pedaling away on his own, newly aware of his autonomy, which contravened everything Nick had taught him by force of grief” (ll. 8-9).
Nick obviously loves his son, declaring “He could not possibly love this boy any more than he did already” (ll. 99-100). Nick also buys Gus presents (l. 3), and he is involved in Gus’ school life (l. 90). He is also partia...