Fortunate Son Themes

Lewis Burwell Puller Jr.
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Father / Son Relationships

The father/son relationship between Lewis and Chesty dominates Lewis' life. Nearly every major decision Lewis makes is either consciously or subconsciously in reaction to his father's legacy. Like many sons, Lewis wants only to make his father proud. Lewis was cursed with a very famous and successful father and Lewis believed that in order to make his father proud, he would have to be successful too. Given Chesty's amazing accomplishments, it would never have been enough, in Lewis' mind, to have simply been a good husband, father, and provider. Lewis felt he had to achieve lasting fame and fortune in order to live up to the old man. His entire life, Lewis was held up to his father and measured against his legacy. With so much external pressure, it is small wonder that Lewis felt such a burning need to prove himself.

Many men feel...

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