Charles Halloway teaches his son an important lesson about life. Will is still young and cannot understand why his father is not happy. Mr. Halloway explains that a happy man is not necessarily a good man. Will learns that being good is difficult and challenging. Although he thinks that he is a good man, Charles Halloway is sad. But Will also teaches his father a lesson simply by having such a conversation. Charles Halloway had been worried that he could not relate to his son, and their talk shows him both that they can converse and that he can teach Will things he needs to know. Furthermore, when Will gets his father to climb up the ladder, Charles Halloway begins to make peace with the boy inside of him. Although he is a man, he is fighting back against the thought that he is old, that he can no longer do what he once could.