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Saturday Climbing at first was another plain story, but after going over the story several more times, I notice the cliff is actually representing the relationship between Barry and his daughter, Molar. It was a story that shows a single father perspective towards his daughter. W. D. Valparaiso uses many symbols in his story, to help the reader gain a greater understanding of his message. He uses symbolism in two important areas: objects that have symbolic value, and setting, which relates the relation between father and daughter. Many object in Saturday Climbing have important symbolic value.
For example, the “chock nut, the wire loop, the carbine, the rope”, represents the relation between Barry and Moire. “Fragile as they looked, would hold ten times his weight. ” Like a rope although their relation seems fragile, but it’s stronger then it seems. The cliff itself is another important symbol. It shows their relation, as time pass by. Barry still views Moire as being his little girl. She appears small and innocent. She seems too young to be out in the cruel and harsh world. This view of her may never change, but Barras level of acceptance of Moire’s independence will.
In the end, Barry reaches the realization all parents must come to, In time. He realizes that It Is time for him to let his daughter go. He will remain there next to her supporting, but his Job Is limited. When there Is a need he Is ready to step in and resume his role as a caregiver. Until that time comes, he will give Moire “all the slack she needs while, at the same time, keeping his hands tensed, ready to lock shut, ready to absorb the shock of any fall”. The characters in the story are very realistic. Saturday Climbing talks about the relationship between teenagers and parents, It paints a realistic portrait of teenage fife.
Events that are described could be seen In every family. Although I am not a girl, I am a teenager and being one; I would want the same thing from my parents which is freedom. In the story as Moire becomes more independent, it became harder and harder for Barry to keep watching her and make sure she’s safe. Moire is going out late to parties and on dates. Barry can’t be with her all day, and therefore can’t maintain her security. Being parents, they are protective and would hate their children to depart; “To Barry, It was Just “last year” Moire lost her first tooth, and darted kindergarten just “six months” ago.
Barry has trouble dealing with the fact that his daughter is all grown up and looking to leave the “nest”. What Barry fears the most is the diminishing need for him to help his daughter. Barry feels that he’s losing his daughter because she no longer needs him in certain aspects anymore. He wants to hang on to his daughter for Just a little bit longer to prolong her childhood. Barry does not want to be left behind. This fear of being left behind and forgotten is amplified by the fact that Barry Is single. When Molar goes off to college, Barry will be al by himself.
It is because of this outcome that Barry realizes how much he depends on Moire for companionship. Barry, despite being a working single- parent, makes a lot of time for his daughter. ” I would not blame my parents for being the way they are, after all they Just care and they know what is best. Symbols to portray the relationship between parents and teenagers. Going over it, I found numerous great passages. “The caged bird proves nothing but the power of the captor” and “The world seeks balance; extremism begets extremism”, these assisted Barry in realizing what he must do.
By caging the bird, and denying it its freedom, it only feeds its hunger for it. When the bird is finally let out, it will try to get as far away as possible. Moire was this bird. She had an over-protective father, and she decided to go across the country to get away from his control. This helped Barry understand that the more he tries to keep Moire in the “nest”, the more resentment there will be. In conclusion, I think this story refers to most family. Children will always grow up and leave their parents some time in life. Parents should support them and be happy instead of holding them back.