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As a person treads through life he or she will realize at one point or another that the existence of complex relationships will often have an affect on the actions of those involved The nature of these relationships can have either a positive or negative effect on a person depending on the nature of it or how severe its elements are It is human nature to hold emotions inward and uphold a proud countenance however those who go against this natural tendency will exert a rebellion of sorts to any and every falsehood In the poem forgiving my father by Lucille Clifton the speaker describes a daughter is haunted by recollections of strife between her and her father The speaker in the poem actually seeks to hold her father accountable for his shortcomings instead of forgiving him for his deficiencies In the poem My papas waltz by Theodore Roethke it is clear that the papa and the child have a relationship sprinkled with fear joy and love Both fathers in the poems are dangerous to their child in many ways In Cliftons poem the speaker is in danger because of the mental distress and financial instability caused by her father In Roethkes poem the speaker is in danger mainly due to his fathers abusive behavior In Cliftons poem the speaker is using a monetary debt to symbolize a debt of love and affection The father in this poem is unable to provide the necessary care for his family which leads to the early death of the speakers mother and causes mental distress to the speaker The speaker is haunted by her father even in sleeping all week you have stood in my dreamslike a ghost asking for more timeClifton Lucile forgiving my father line 3-4 How can a ghost pay debts and asking for more time It cannot The word ghost symbolizes the worriment that the speaker has over the unpaid debts and lacks of
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