In the book Sounder, the boy’s parents have different attitudes toward life. The mom thinks life is learn to lose. She thinks that people will lose lots of things in their life. They should learn to lose so they won't get badly hurt when something leave them. So she taught the boy to learn to lose. She also thinks that a man should rely on himself and become stronger and stronger because maybe no one would help him when he is in trouble. So she told the boy about these when the boy went into the hills. But the boy's father's attitude toward life is different. He thinks a man should do anything to protect his family. That's why he stole the piece of meat, although he knew the sheriff will come arrest him.