| Quote #1
"I can't tell you exactly who I am," replied the querulous whine, "because I've only been born a few hours – but my last name is certainly Button."
Mr. Button is more upset about admitting to others that Benjamin is his son than at having to take care of such an abnormal "baby."
| Quote #2
"All right, father" – this with a grotesque simulation of filial respect – "you've lived longer; you know best. Just as you say."
"Benjamin Button" asks us to re-think what concepts like "father" and "son" really mean.
| Quote #3
Nevertheless he persisted in his attitude. He brought home lead soldiers, he brought toy trains, he brought large pleasant animals made of cotton, and, to perfect the illusion which he was creating – for himself at least – he passionately demanded of the clerk in the toy-store whether "the paint would come oft the pink duck if the baby put it in his mouth." (1.3.4)
Mr. Button’s reaction to Benjamin’s circumstance is the opposite of his son’s. He lies in denial, in contrast to Benjamin’s calm acceptance.