Macleod 's story focuses on the struggling isolation a shaft miner faces in their seasonal occupation, damaging their relationship with family due to the adaptation of a miner’s lifestyle. An emphasized result is the destruction of communication, which in effect deteriorated the protagonist’s position as father and husband. The metaphorical literalness in “delving downward and outward through the unknown depths of and distances, and to become lost and separated and unavailable for communication” . The narrator’s perspective of communicating as a parent has been buried within his work culture. Given his circumstances in being surrounded by others who have forgotten, or has no need for the uses of communication. The reader is given insight...
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...issed moments in fulfilling the role as a parent. The missed sentimental realization that he want present for the birth of any of his children, the death of two, nor being present for any youthful accomplishment or occasions. Someone else stepped in taking his role as a father, which is emphasized that “broken tricycle wheels and dolls with crippled limbs have been mended by other hands than mine” For there is a painful realization in Macleon’s fatherly figure, being the odd parent that returns for a short span of time to try and regain his role as a father, yet it doesn’t suffice. Rather he visits children that he can barely connect too, and possibly disregard his position as a father. In the harsh reality of not being there for their upbringing. This absence solidifies itself and he becomes incapable to defend his absence to his children, so it’s kept to himself.
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