Ironweed Essay

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One of the major elements in Ironweed is Baseball. These elements can come from different images, metaphors, Francis’ personal history, reminiscences about past players, games, and ball fields. Bradd Shore, a professor of symbolic and psychological anthropology, wrote an essay in Figures of thought about the major themes and metaphors of baseball in America. These metaphors can be linked to Ironweed as a part of Francis’ life and the overall issues and themes of the novel. Many Americans will remember the night of October 25, 1986 for one certain event for the rest of their lives. There was two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning and the Boston Red Sox had a 5-3 lead in the 1986 World Series. They were one out away from being world champions and then it happened. The first baseman for the Sox, Bill Buckner, committed an error and the opposing team had won the game. This one play would haunt Bill for the rest of his life and he would be remembered for ruining the World Series for the Red Sox. Everyone forgotten what an amazing player he was and this title would hover over his head for the rest of his life. (Shore 2) There are four different types of levels of play in baseball whether they consist of the two opposing teams, the crowd and the teams, the pitcher and the batter, or the season and the decade. At the fourth level, the contest between the season and the decade, each player enters the beginning of their life of stats. This is all they are in baseball; a number. For the rest of their lives, the number of stats they contribute will shape their future in how they will be remembered. A host of statistics “swarm and hover above the head of every pitcher, every fielder, every batter, every team, recording every play with an accompanying silent shift of digits (Shore 4).”This lure of stats has been the biggest aspect of baseball. These stats will stay with

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