How important can it be for a parent to take care of their children when a traumatizing event occurs in their life? Today many children are struck by grief and pain in their life and can be in dire need to communicate the associated feelings, which is why it is important for a parent to help guide their children through these hard and traumatizing events.

his essay analyses the short story “Let’s go to the Videotape” by Fiona Maazel with special focus on the themes of grief, guilt, repression and parenthood and how this is expressed through style of writing and through the relationship between the two main characters - a father and a son.

In the short story, the reader is presented to the main characters Nick and his 5-year-old son Gus. The relationship between these two characters is quite interesting. After the death of Gus’ mother and Nicks wife in a car accident a lot of things have changed.

Gus has been greatly affected, both emotionally and visibly.

He has developed a speech impediment and towards the ending of the story it becomes clear that Gus feels guilty because he survived the accident and not his mother, who was sitting in the back with him because he felt sick.

Moreover, Nick describes Gus as being “easy to impress but hard to parent, which often felt to Nick like trying to grow a happy boy in the soil of their misfortune." (P. 1, l. 5-6), meaning that Gus has lost his blind faith in the world - which every child should have - as a result of the traumatic event and therefore has made him hard to parent.

This furthermore suggests that Nick is having trouble relating to his own son.