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How does Heaney present relationships between males in Digging and Follower?

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1. How does Heaney present relationships between males in Digging and Follower? Heaney presents male relationships in many different ways, through many different angles in Digging and Follower. The most obvious comparison that can be constructed between the two is that of Heaney's apparent feeling of proudness and admiration towards his father, this is most prominent in Follower where we are told of Heaney's father ploughing a field. Heaney uses complimentary language to portray his feelings towards his father "an expert". This quote shows that Heaney was proud of his father's skill as a ploughman and might want to be like him one day, which becomes more apparent as the poem draws on. In comparison to this Heaney seems to show similar level of appreciation to his grandfather's ability ad a digger in Digging. This is apparent as Heaney boasts of how his "grandfather cut more turf in a day than any other man on Toner's bog", this clearly illustrates that Heaney saw his grandfather as almost a hero character as he was the most gifted digger on Toner's bog. ...read more.

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ideas, this shows that although he has "no spade to follow" his father and grandfather and will dig in his own way and carry on family tradition. In contrast to this Heaney is as the title says keen to "grow up and plough" like his father. Heaney seems to feel that a plougher should be a highly respected job as it takes a lot of skill, this is evident through Heaney's constant use of complimentary language towards his father and his ploughing. In addition to this late on in the poem Heaney tells the reader that he wants to grow up and plough, "to close one eye, stiffen my arm...". This shows that he admires his father so much that he even wants to have the same ploughing technique as him. 2. Explore the ways in which Heaney presents relationships between man and nature in Death of a Naturalist and At a Potato Digging? ...read more.

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they show white as cream". This depicts the current feelings towards nature to be of a good basis as long as the potatoes are healthy. However Heaney uses the potato famine of 1845 to display how easily mans feeling toward nature can change, "stinking potatoes foul the land". This portrays a much more somber view towards "the bitch earth" as the potatoes have gone rotten. Furthermore Heaney presents the power of nature through his use of language towards humans, at the start the humans are depicted to be swarming which creates imagery of life and energy, however with the induction of the potato famine into the poem Heaney begins to use much more negative imagery to portray the potato diggers: "...wild higgledy skeletons...". This portrays the people suffering from the famine to be weak, uncontrollable and dieing of hunger. Jack Sponder Heaney Poems ...read more.

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