Describe The Relationship Between Fennelly And Her Father's

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Receiving an object holds much more meaning than that of just the object itself. To say that a token, handed down for generations in a family, just represents a token is blasphemous. All objects, items, and gifts symbolize an interpretation that validates a connection between a party to another. In the case of Fennelly and her father’s scarf, the symbolic meaning behind the scarf is indirectly assumed as the adult relationship between her and her father. The relationship was one of smotherment and differing points of views for the scarf symbolized the narrow-mind life which Fennelly had as of result of her father. The classic misunderstanding of parental traditions and methods of upbringings is clearly in full display with the symbol’s meaning of the scarf. When initially introduced, the scarf stood for a rather pleasant and iconic memory in Fennelly’s life. She viewed the scarf as something that her father did as grand and appreciated his sacrificed as the ultimate effort. As she grew older, a shift in her views occurs because she goes from, “For years, I’d think of this as a happy memory, my father snugging his scarf around my neck,” to “But eventually I corrected myself.” This correction is …show more content…

In the case of Fennelly and her father’s scarf, the change is rather drastic. Fennelly, instead of cherishing the scarf, “unwinds the loops around [her] neck” when thoughts of the blizzard come across her thoughts and memories. She even does so with rather large range of emotions such as “self-pity, self-righteousness” and compares the care of her children to “a reprimand” in order to describe how the scarf’s meaning truly is not something she cherishes as an adult because it reminds her of the smothering, Catholic views brought by her father. The level of description that Fennelly reaches when speaking of the

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