Father Son And The Father

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father son relationship by making the son superior to the father. The chaos of this power dynamic is exemplified when Stevens is asked to restrict his father’s duties around the house, due to his decreasing health. Stevens enters his father’s chambers to deliver the message and recalls dictating
The fact is, Father has become increasingly infirm. So much so that even the duties of an under-butler are now beyond his capabilities. His lordship is of the view, as indeed I am myself, that while Father is allowed to continue with his present round of duties, he represents an ever-present threat to the smooth running of this household (Ishiguro, 65).
It is important to note how Stevens refers to his father in the third person. Stevens is so
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This suggests the dichotomy that exists between Stevens professional success and his emotional connection to his father. When Stevens devotes himself fully to his professional identity the relationship with his father will be damaged beyond repair. In this way Stevens professional identity has superseded his relationship to his father and created a rift between the two of them. In order for Stevens to be entirely successful in his professional identity he must fully emotionally separate himself from his father.
Writing later in the century, the generational conflict portrayed in Seamus Heaney’s “Digging” describes a son who has entirely rejected the professional traditions of his father. In Heaney’s poem there is a generational conflict between father and son due to the contrasting professional identities of the two. In this poem the speaker is experiencing issues with his relationship to his father because he has chosen to be a writer instead of a digger. Heaney describes how, “the old man could handle a spade./ Just like his old man” (Heaney, 15-16). This line is meant to inspire and image of tradition. Digging is not simply an occupation for the speaker’s father, but it is something far more significant which he inherited from his own father before him. The line suggests that the professional identity of
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