In the poem “Those Winter Sundays” the author talks about his hardworking father and all the things he did for his family with no thanks or appreciation. The questions in this situation would be, why did the father continue to do all these things to make it easier for the family constantly even though he was thanked or showed appreciation for his work? and why did the author and his family not help or thank the father?
In my opinion the reason the author and the family is so indifferent to the father i assume would be because the dad maybe also had constant anger issues and even though he did nice things for them, they were somewhat fearful of him. Possibly the father could be remorseful and does these things to and try to accommodate for past actions, or it could simply be the love of a father.
For the father it is more generally understood, that a good father takes care of his family no matter what. One assumes that everything he did was with good intention. In the poem the authors says, ” I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm he’d call.” From this one can infer that the father would brave the cold and go chop wood for fire and come back and heat the house and wait till the house was fully heated before the family would come out. Though one thanked him, he knows his duty as a father and shows his love though his actions.
In all the fathers actions in the end seemed to make the author question why his father did these things without being thanked, and also led him to question a fathers love.