When combining social heritage and being in a lower class, it is known to be quite difficult to shift through social classes. Many things become disadvantages. Ambition becomes a goal. A goal can turn into hope in a second. Only to become a dream.
Therefore, that dream can easily seem like a fantasy. However, it is a reality for many young people in every society. These are the main issues in Arhondia’s short story “Tom Corridan”, 2018. We are introduced to a young boy, Tom Corridan who is the protagonist and first-person narrator.
We are reading the story through his eyes and very quickly you feel sorrow for him due to the circumstances he is bound to live under. An alcoholic, degrading and most important an unsupportive dad. Tom mentions that he is learning ancient greek to improve.
However, his dad says it will be useless because he has already decided that tom is going to be a plumber like him. Even though Tom doesn't want to become a plumber. He just wants to get a higher education that is a big ambition considering college isn't free and his father's lack of support doesn't make it better.
Tom seems to think his father ended up in the lower-class because he made poor decisions in his life. “Belittling everyone to make out the dead-end they find themselves in is a choice instead of a mistake.”
It is as if Tom associate his father's behavior and his way of being with his life choices. Everything comes back to him and there is no one to blame but himself. This indicates that Tom doesn't respect his father and can't see that there might have been other things.
Usually when a parent is "mean and cold" it is either because he is not happy or because of a negative social heritage. Thus it is great to see Tom having bigger ambitions and trying to become a pattern breaker.