The relationship between a parent and a child can be altered and misshapen by misfortunes, that they, themselves aren’t in control of.

This is what we see in the relationship between the father and son, Gus in the short story “Let’s Go to the Videotape” by Fiona Maazel.

By looking at the style of writing we can also get to know the writer’s intention in and with the story.

The relationship between Nick and Gus develops and slowly blossoms as they end up confronting their grief together.

In the beginning of the short story Nick has a hard time parenting Gus as he felt he was trying to “grow a happy boy in the soil of their misfortune” As Nick watches the video Gus made for the school project, he gets furious as he watches the recreation of the crash and death of his wife and orders the school to take it down.

This makes Gus sad as it was a homemade project, he was proud of. Other than that, we can anticipate that the video and confrontation of what happened could help Gus with an understanding since his dad hasn’t spoken to him about it or help with his grief.

This is the point where Nick realizes that Gus needs someone to rely on and someone to tell him that it is not his fault.