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Explain and discuss in detail the importance of relationships or conflicts in each of your studied texts? - "Moving Pictures', by Ro Cambridge, and 'my father running with a dead boy', by Carl Nixon

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Explain and discuss in detail the importance of relationships or conflicts in each of your studied texts? "Moving Pictures', by Ro Cambridge, and 'my father running with a dead boy', by Carl Nixon, are short stories with a central theme of parent/child relationships. In these texts the narrators is the adult son or daughter whose relationships with their (now dead) parent is complex. We share their insights and their emotions as they recall experiences or gain a new perspective. We see the strength of this bond, despite difficulties between parent and child. In 'Moving Pictures', geographical details are crucial to the daughter's memories of her mother. The story begins with a reflection on how a visit not to the Farmers in Hobson Street is so different from those made in the narrator's childhood. She goes on to recall how ill at ease her mother was when the family came to Auckland, and then to describe the fun-house mirrors which distorted the children but transformed their fat mother into some 'tall, long-legged, elegant. ...read more.

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She has found her mother. She cooks the food her mother had cooked for her when she was a child - her mother re-enters her life. There is now no obsessive eating, nothing to run away from, and she loses weight. 'When the baby was born that last bulge disappeared.' The final location is the maternity hospital and once again the narrator sees her reflection and that of her mother. This time they are quite distinct but she acknowledges some shared characteristics, the most important of which is the 'fragile, heavy weight of a daughter.' She finally affirms the bond with her mother. She is healed - she and her mother smile at each other. Her lover for her own little daughter leads her to recognize the lover her mother had for her. In the second short story,' my father running with a dead boy,' the narrator, Greg, is at his father's funeral, not particularly emotional. ...read more.

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But the impact is great nonetheless. Greg has glimpsed a father who loved life, who had mates and plans, who risked his life to save someone else's, who showed incredible strength and tenacity, who showed a great heart. He seen a man less ordinary, a man he did not know to be his father. In conclusion, parent/child relationships have been central to these stories. Both narrators are coming to terms with the death of a parent. A daughter wants a less frumpy mother, loses her, grows into the image of her mother as she grieves, finds her memories and welcomes them and is finally healed. Her relationship with her mother is re-established at the birth of her daughter. The story ends with a shared smile. And a son's memories are tinged with regret that his father was too old even to have been playful - and that their relationship was strained. But during the course of the funeral he is given the opportunity to see the person his father was before he aged. He meets his complex compassionate and ultimately humbler father. And this story also ends with a smile. ...read more.

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