It is hardly easy for a father from the Marine Corps to adjust at home after four years at war. Doesn't it seem that fathers in such situations are quite isolated from their family and loved ones? Joseph D. Bowen is one of these fathers from David Mclean's short story, "Marine Corps Issue . Devoting himself to the Marine Corps, Joseph D. Bowen is a symbolically isolated father, which the author demonstrates through the separation of his family and himself.
After a three-year imprisonment, Joseph was caused to forget how to be an active family member. His isolation from his deep feelings is shown, " Despite my father's years of service, our house was a devoid of memorabilia. (Mclean, 344) Even though Bowen must have had many good memories, he lacks to show it throughout his h