David ThemeAbout David
.. grow up?
Stories about haircuts show the reader a much more profound significance. Here, the writer uses the hairdresser's as a symbolic of the times that go on and of a babyhood that flourishes from trusting a mother to being independent. Let's get this over with. At the beginning of the narrative we are presented to David and his dad, and we immediately see the virginity of our upbringing.
Finally, one of the very first phrases says that David "instinctively grabs his father's hand" after he has stepped into the clear light of the sun. to the hairdresser has been going on for years. "Always the routines are the same," says the writer.
David cried in his youth because of the dread of loosing his ear, but now he has emerged from this behaviour. In the course of time, hairdressing shops have been places where the " first ones " experienced the family ( e.g. a first haircut), had discussions and remembered. He describes the story of the hairdressing salon by showing old photographs on the wall and the nature of the store.
As soon as it's David's turn, he is welcomed by a hairdresser who tells him how big he is and that he doesn't have to be on the plank soon, but can be seated on the stool like an adult. David is pleased; his dad remembered a period when he had to put David on the plank.
As David's head is trimmed, his intellect moves to more mature thoughts like being alone in a stool and more childish worries like the loss of power after his head is trimmed, like Samson in the Bible. While David is considering collecting the loosely falling down from under the stool, he does not.
At the end of the cut, when the hairdresser leaves the shop, David reaches for his father's hands. David?s father?s acts reminds us that he tries to keep the boy?s boyhood, if only by remembering a cut. The theme of the Ken Elkes Kurzgeschichte (short story) about a young man who goes to a hairdressing salon with his dad concentrates on the topic of becoming an adult.
He is both childlike - reaching for his father's hands, worried about loosing his power, agitated for the period when he no longer has to be on the board - and showing bodily symptoms of maturation. It'' really is the center phrase in the whole history.