The two women have to content with the beliefs of their ancestors no matter the era in which they are living in. In addition to observing the traditions set by their ancestors, they have to ensure that they are sacred…
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Monuments are used to symbolize remembrance of the traditions practiced long ago. The daughter and mother symbolize the current generation that has to conform to the past. They used show how the traditions that held the core of the society are no more. When they talk of selling the walnut tree to the lumberman, this means letting go off the traditions in their society. The traditions that the ancestors worked for so long are what the recent generation keeps discarding. The current generation does not realize that the ancestors worked untiringly to keep these traditions alive. The persona expresses this by saying that the ancestors kept planting new trees. This means that they were always at the forefront in ensuring that the traditions are sacred.
The audience feels that though there are many traditions that are still in place, there are no more patriots. This is because the current world is faced with many turbulent forces that emanate from all edges. On the other hand, change is to blame for the mishap. This is because the lifestyle keeps changing and hence the reason as to why generations change. The poem makes the reader to see the way the persona regrets about their mode of life. This is when he talks about crawling away in shame if their ancestors made a mistake of reliving again. The persona would be extremely shocked because their ancestors would make them pay for this. The values that held the society together have being completely ignored.
The phrase ‘dig and sow’ as used in the poem is used to show the efforts that the ancestors had in safeguarding their traditions (Oliver). They thus used to toil to ensure that everything ran as per their traditions. They were always at the forefront in ensuring that the values are for the entire society. They were always eager to ensure that the generation that they brought up was aware of what was expected in the society. The persona is
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