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The Emotional Complexity of Steve Jobs' Family Saga: His meetings with His biological father, Abdulfattah John Jandali

Ironically, Jobs met Abdulfattah Jandali and interacted with him without knowing of his relation; he even patronized a restaurant owned by his own father. The failure to objectify them that is apparent in their interactions translates the essence of missed connections perfectly.

By Business OutstandersPUBLISHED: May 23, 11:37
Abdulfattah  John Jandali

In the chronicle of the technology industry, Steve Jobs is rated as one of the most influential iconoclasts. However, as is often the case behind the exterior that Hollywood builds, there is a story of family relations and lost opportunities. Admittedly, people always associate Jobs with his adoption but it is less known that he had a chance to meet his biological father, Abdulfattah Jandali by accident thus deepening the symbolism of his character.

The Origins of Steve Jobs:

Growing up, Jobs had Abdulfattah “John” Jandali and Joanne Schieble as his parents and started experiencing a major disruption to his life when his mother decided to give him up for adoption because of the disapproval by her family of Jandali, a Syrian, and their illicit affair. Born to Paul Jobs & Clara Hagopian, he spent childhood in a complete ignorance of his biological parents.

The Journey to Discovery:

After his adoptive mother’s death in 1986 Jobs started to search for his real parents and own identity. Further he experienced a touching rebeat with his birth mother and his sister Mona, thereby discovering the new family relationships.

Unforeseen Encounters:

Ironically, Jobs met Abdulfattah Jandali and interacted with him without knowing of his relation; he even patronized a restaurant owned by his own father. The failure to objectify them that is apparent in their interactions translates the essence of missed connections perfectly.

A Hope for Reconciliation:

Although learning Jobs’ identity in 2006,  Abdulfattah Jandali did not contact him, feeling pride and not wanting to be considered a blood-sucking family. Saying sorry and wanting just to square things up he wished for just a touch before it was too late.

Conclusion:

The realistic portrayal of the multilayered character and his familial issues present the issues of identity and human relations. This touching component of the plot reveals the spectacular and unconstructive relations between the father and the son,and talks about the genuine and delicate feelings of family bond no matter of one’s success and richness.

 

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