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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 Moira It was a story that shows a single father perspective towards his daughter WD Valgardson 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 carabiner the rope represents the relation between Barry and Moira Fragile as they looked would hold ten times his weight Like a rope although their relation seems fragile but its stronger then it seems The cliff itself is another important symbol It shows their relation as time pass by Barry still views Moira 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 Barrys level of acceptance of Moiras 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 Moira 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 life Events that are described could be seen in every family Although
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