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At first after reading Saturday Climbing I found it just to be a simple plain story A story about Barry climbing a cliff and having flashed back about his daughter But when I went over the story a 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 much symbolism in his story Saturday Climbing to help 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 Kfragile 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 Then unexpectedly the surfaces smoothed the places where he could get a secure hold were spread farther and farther apart This quotation reflects the difficulty Barry encounters in his role as a working single-parent of a teenager Barrys secure hold on the rocks symbolise his monitoring of his daughter As Moira becomes more independent it is harder and harder for Barry to keep watching her and make sure shes safe Moira is going out late to parties and on dates Barry cant be with her all day and therefore cant maintain her security The secure holds can also symbolise the direction the relationship between Barry and Moira is heading It seems that they are distancing themselves from each other Barry has trouble keeping track of what Moira does and Moira is willing to let Barry into her world by telling him whats going on At
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