Is this unusual, or was it just that his method was more pronounced? What of fathers today who don't swallow a pistol, or kiss a Freightliner? How many children today grow up with Daddy in the picture, but realise as they mature that he was only posing? That Daddy was already dead to them, dressed in his burial suit as he vanished into a grave of career, ambition, or drink? Escaped from human company, from his family, his son, from life, pursuing a dream, inheriting a nightmare. The greatest tragedy is that he is never alone, has never escaped, but the nightmare he inherits becomes the mother's life, and a legacy for his children
Young men today have had less of a father's love than any generation in the US. The one exception, maybe, the "Reconstruction" South, when the fathers' generation had lost so many men in the battles. Today fewer "fathers" stay around, fewer families stay together, and more men have, themselves, come from families which taught them the lie that Daddy's two main jobs were to pay the bills and keep Mommy entertained.
The fathers, the leaders, of the homes are abandoning their roles even like a general who kills himself the day before the battle. The mothers have to leave their nurturing and relationship-building role to try and provide the direction, but as mothers their own focus is inward, to their children, to their hearts. Men who should be outward-focused for their families' sakes, to build a future for their children, and their children for the future, have deserted them for their own "fulfillment," not realising their fulfillment is in fulfilling their roles as daddies, and as loving husbands.
Is there a happy ending for this story? Is there an uplifting "hook" on the end? That is up to the reader, isn't it? Who will re-assess his role, or get alongside a young man, and help him find his direction, his manhood, in this castrated society? In this generation a man who is a godly husband and father will stand out as something unusual, much like a whole man in a company of eunuchs; and a young man, or lady, who has grown up with such a daddy will be able to shine gloriously in the fog of this age.