How would I be able to explore the father/ son relationship in Shoeless Joe?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the examination of the father and son relationship in the work might lie with the exploration of baseball as a medium to connect generations.  Both Ray and his father might have endured much in way of different paths in their lives, but baseball is the "cable box" that transmits the "signals" of their affections.  It is through Johnny Kinsella playing as catcher on Ray's ball-field does he recognize his father.  In the end, both of them are able to fully grasp the impact of their relationship through the magic of baseball.  The game becomes the link between father and son, the domain where emotional connections can be forged.  I think that this might be a starting point for the analysis between the relationship between both.  They both are able to develop their connection through baseball and what it entails.