| Quote #4
"I wish he could see you, Percy. He would be so proud." (3.93)
Sally suggests that Percy's dad would love him too. What does Percy do with the fact that his dad is not around and has never been around, but that his mother still thinks so highly of his dad? What does he think about his dad? How does Sally talk about him?
| Quote #5
I felt angry at my father. Maybe it was stupid, but I resented him for going on that ocean voyage, for not having the guts to marry my mom. He'd left us, and now we were stuck with Smelly Gabe. (3.101)
Percy blames his entire life and all of the bad luck in it on his dad. How does his understanding of his dad change over the course of the story?
| Quote #6
"You don't just choose a cabin, Percy. It depends on who your parents are. Or…your parent." (5.130)
The term "parent" brings up images of someone who is active and visible in a person's life. But Percy's dad definitely isn't active or visible in his life. Is it hard for Percy to start thinking about his dad after years of believing him to be gone for good? How does he handle this change?