How Literary Devices and Devices of Emphasis Create the Haunting Despair of Gordon’s “Can We Love Our Battering Fathers?”
In the essay, “Can We Love Our Battering Fathers?” Helen H. Gordon creates a vivid image of despair in her family. This is a reflective essay that allows the reader to experience what she went through growing up. Her father is the main cause of despair which is shown throughout his behaviour towards his family, especially her mother. She creates the feeling of haunting despair through the use of diction, allusions, and foreshadowing.
By reading the title, we know that the essay is about a person who grew up with an abusive father. To determine the extent, diction is used to convey a special tone through the appropriate use of words. In Helen Gordon’s “Can We Love Our Battering Fathers?”, not only is the reader aware of the tone, but can almost feel exactly what the author is going through. Through the choice of words and amplification, the a...