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Saturday Climbing By W.D. Valgardson Essay

Overprotective Parents In Mister Pip By Lloyd Jones And Saturday Climbing By W.D Valgardson

The protective nature that parents have for their children is one of the most important traits that all parents need to have to raise their child well. However, even too much of a good thing can be poison. This is especially true for the characters in both the novel Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones, and the short story Saturday Climbing, by W.D Valgardson. In Mister Pip, Delores loves her daughter, Matilda, and is extremely protective of her, so when Matilda starts to become pulled towards the world that Mr. Watts presents through the book Great Expectations, Delores takes action in the fear of losing her daughter to another world, but this overprotectiveness results in terrible consequences. Similarly, in Saturday Climbing, Barry is extremely protective of his daughter, Moira, and is afraid of letting her to have too much responsibility. However, she is soon going to university, and thus need to learn how to support herself. The result is the opposite of what occurs in Mister Pip, as Barry eventually accepts that Moira is growing and has to let go, while Delores continues fighting to hold Matilda to the end, until her sudden death by the Redskins. Through the stories of both Mister Pip and Saturday Climbing, Jones and Valgardson show how a parent, no matter how much they try to deny it, will eventually have let go of their child, and depending on the parent’s acceptance, the relationship can be either continue on, although more distant, or be forcibly stretched and broken through conflict.

In both of the stories, the parent does not accept that their child is growing, and gaining new and different opinions and interests that they potentially do not agree with. One of the similarities between Delores and Barry, the parents from Mister Pip and Saturday Climbing respectively, is that they are both single parents. This is definitely one of the causes of their unwillingness to let go of their child, because they do not want to be alone, as they do not have a spouse to provide them company. This fear of being alone results in the parent attempting to prevent or revert the changes. In Mister Pip, Matilda shows her mother the interest that she has in Great Expectations, often retelling what happened in the book previously after she arrives home from school. However, the enjoyment that Matilda feels in escaping to “another world at a time when it was desperately needed” (Jones 231), eventually makes Delores start to fear “that she will lose her Matilda to Victorian England” (Jones 35). This is one of the largest conflicts in Mister Pip, Matilda’s choice between Delores and the isolated life on island, or Mr. Watts and the outside world.

Similarly in Saturday Climbing, Barry starts to worry about losing his daughter, Moira, as she has been becoming more solitary ever since she had become a teenager. Moira no longer wants to participate in many of the activities that they used to do together. For example, such as in the past “they had played chess nearly...

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Valgardson introduces various situations that require survival techniques in the story. One is the helplessness of the children in the violent home atmosphere and the poverty that they live in. Whenever Eric and Mabel fought, "the children hid under the Toronto couch, lying absolutely still, making no sound for hours on end." (61) The action of hiding that the children take when the parents are fighting, presents one of the animal instincts that is shown throughout the story. Because of the vulnerability the children have, they remove themselves out of sight and presumably, out of danger. Mabel is also touched by feelings of helplessness which is most apparent when she is outside struggling with the cold and close to death. Because of her exposure to the cold Mabel, "instinctively made her body as small as possible to preserve her warmth."(64) Her automatic reaction to place herself in the fetal position shows that her unconscious mind has already collapsed into a self-preservation mode, as like the children do when they are threatened. Eric, the dominant male in the story also submits to frailty and powerlessness when he gives, "a sudden start and his eyes widened as if, without warning, a terrible vision had been thrust upon him. He took a step toward the door, then stopped."(69) His realization of the children still huddled under the couch drives a wave of despair and regret over his person. Knowing that he can do nothing and that as soon as the heat from the stove dies the children will most likely die, he paces and staggers like a caged animal.

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