The English language is considered to be a difficult language to learn, partially because so many words have various meanings. An example would be “tools” that are commonly understood as physical things used to make work easier. “Tools” may also be ideas, such as the talents that include “tools of trade”. In Scott Russell Sanders essay “The Inheritance of Tools,” he transforms the descriptions of work tools that were inherited from his father into representations of his life lessons and love that he developed from his father and the father before him. Sander’s passes these life lessons and inheritance down to his children. Both physical and abstract is accomplished through the uses of characterizing, symbolism, and imagery in Sanders’ essay.
Sanders uses characterization to represent the influence of a parent on his child’s personality. In the essay he describes his father as a patient, helpful, and very hard working man who “Did not talk much in the midst of his tools, but he kept up a nearly ceaseless humming, slipping in and out of a dozen tunes in an afternoon, often running back over the same stretch of melody again and again, as if searching for a way out,” States Sander’s. (113) Because of the work he was involved in throughout his life, Sanders’ father was a lot like a teacher. For example, Sanders writes, “Illuminating the speed of sound by saying, “That sounds takes time to
make its way through the air” (112). Saying this to his child made the world seem larger and also taught him that there was always more he could learn. Sanders farther believed highly in hard work that there was a “Mystical virtue in right angles,” (115) and that the job needed to be done properly. His son was taught properly that when a tool is used correctly, “You have aligned yourself with the forces that hold the universe together” says Sander’s (115). His father’s character was then reflected onto his own son’s tool work.
Symbolism is another technique used by...