Gerald employs the flies as a tool for him and Emily to bond over and s roentgen their relationship, and Emily involuntarily complies. In contrast, Emily does not view the flies as a way for her father and her to bond, and actually uses the flies as a device to e express her maturity. Ironically, Email’s manipulation of the flies to express her independent once from her parents opposes Garage’s main purpose for the flies -” so Emily and him can s penned time together. In essence, the flies symbolize Emily and her fathers relationship.
T he way they both utilize the flies shows the irony of their relationship because Gerald tries to employ the lies as a way for them to come together, while Emily, ironically, uses the flies f or independence -” which brings the two farther apart. Gerald implements the flies as a way to bring him and Emily closer together in a controlling and insincere way, which gives insight into him and Emily relationship. Alto ugh Gerald has a good purpose for the flies, ironically, he uses them in a controlling way in or deer to force Emily to spend time with him.
Gerald is always “ready to start” building the flies s, no matter if Emily wants to or not (344). In addition, Emily “never [feels] comfortable” build nag the flies with Gerald, but he still makes her sit down and build them because he wants the m to spend quality time together (344). The way Gerald forces Emily to spend time with hi m and create the flies reflects their relationship. Garage’s purpose for the flies -” to improve him and Email’s relationship through them spending time together -” directly reveals how infill citing and forced their relationship really IS.
In addition, Gerald disingenuously says that him an d Emails time spent together is great, which shows their insincere relationship. Although Ge lad states that the flies are “beautiful”, he does not truly “mean if’ and the only reason he Trier s to describe them as such is because is because he wants to “apologize” for the problems of their relationship, such as Gerald “[loosing] his temper with her (344). As previously y stated, Gerald calls the flies they make together beautiful, and since the flies symbolize their relationship, he therefore tries to characterize their relationship as beautiful.
Yet -” even thou ugh Garage’s main purpose of the flies is to improve their relationship -” when Gerald describes he flies and their relationship as excellent, it is clearly false. Emily never really feels comfy ratable around her father is once he easily looses his temper with her over silly reasons, so the y do not have a heartfelt bond. Therefore, when Gerald states his belief that the flies and thee r relationship are really great, it proves how feigned and ingénue their relationship really is.
Emily unknowingly utilizes the flies for independence, which gives insight in to the irony of their relationship because she uses them in the complete opposite way from what her father intends. In contrast to Garage’s usage of the flies, Emily uses the flies as a sign al of her coming of age. Emily pierces her ears with her friends and wears the golden d raters as earrings despite the fact that her parents state she is “forbidden to… Until [she ] [is] in college”(346).
Emily piercing her ears indicates her growing older because it is an act that she is not supposed to do until she is totally grown and in college -” where teenage errs officially separate from their parents and become independent. Therefore, Emily wear nag the golden darters in her pierced ears shows the way she uses the flies for her own own berry. Emily even enjoys how the flies make her look “free” and “different” because they ex habit her maturity (345346). The golden darters in her ears make Emily feel different an d free because they indicate her change from a child into a newly independent and different person.
Overall, Emily uses the flies to indicate her maturity. Additionally, Emily usage of the flies further portrays Gerald and her relationship as ironic. As previously stated, Gerald e employs the flies as a way for him and Emily to spend time together, while Emily implements the me for her own independence. When Emily wears the flies as earrings, Gerald is shocked beck use Emily uses them the exact opposite way from “which the flies were intended” by hi m (347). Emily believes that the flies “look good” the way she utilizes them, but Gerald only did agrees and sees the flies as “hanging upside down” (347).
Ironically, Emily literally and me topographically flips the flies upside down from the way Gerald intends them to be. To Emily, the “upside down” flies make her kick more mature, and she likes that. Although, to Gerald d, Email’s “upside down” flies are wrong, because the way Emily uses the flies only bring s him and Emily further apart, which is the exact opposite from Garage’s purpose for the flies. Both Emily and Garage’s views of the flies contrast the other’s view, which therefore reflect TTS their incongruous relationship.
In essence, Emily uses the flies for her independence e, which expresses her and Garage’s ironic and incoherent relationship. Overall, the flies symbolize Emily and Garage’s relationship. The different WA YES that they both interpret the flies exposes their discordant relationship because while G realer views the flies as a way for them to bond, Emily sees the flies as a way to express her m touristy. Gerald must force Emily into spending time with him, so therefore the flies give ensign HTH into how forced and insincere their relationship really is.
Conversely, Emily perceives the e flies as an opportunity to express her independence, which is shown through her piercing g her ears and wearing the flies. From Garage’s point of view, Emily wears the flies upside do win, when from Emily point of view, she wears them the right way. Gerald and Emily s contra sting views of the flies further portrays their relationship as ironic and conflicting. Overall, G realer and Emily relationship is ironic, insincere, and forced. In retrospect, there is more to be said about their relationship than just that, and Gerald may be trying to protect Emily from the qualms Of maturity.
Although Emily piercing her ears and wearing the golden darters as earrings indicates her growing up, the reason she pierces her ears is because her friend des do it. Emily seems to want to grow up when she sees all her friends doing it. Even when E mill pierces her ears because she wants to grow up like her friends, her ears become infected and she is hurt. In retrospect, although her dad seems to be forcing her to bond with him and ATA a child, he may be doing it for her own protection.
Even though, to Emily, independence seems like a good thing her father may be trying to keep her a child because he knows of the damaging effects it can cause. Gerald seems to be injured throughout the story, and his relationship with his wife also seems to be problematic, so he may want to keep Emily from the troubles he faces as an adult. Wearing flies upside down may seem mature, but there are many consequences that many follow eventually, so it may be better to use them the e way they are intended.