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How the authors discuss the child's upbringing in two stories - Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit

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Anthology Stories How the authors discuss the child's upbringing in two stories Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit Narrator aged about ten (5th grade). American. Father seems to be dead (Otto). Uncle Frank a father figure -talks to her in a friendly, understanding way. Family seem comfortably off (linen table cloth, silver). Home a warm, friendly, secure place - goes to it to escape the other children. But war is beginning, so an unsettling time for a child, particularly one whose father is dead and whose uncle (whom she admires and likes - identifies him with Superman) is being drafted into the forces. Mother keeps quite a close eye on her - checks on what the film is that the children are going to see (Snow White) ...read more.

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Uncle Frank comes to her room in a friendly, understanding way, but by then the girl is feeling miserable and is unable to say what happened in a natural way. When Uncle Frank says they will pay for a new suit anyway, she probably feels that even he does not believe her. This episode, plus the war and probably her father's death, changed the girl's life for ever - she grew up and the world seemed a gloomier place (final paragraph). Kiss Miss Carol Joli is completely different to the girl in the first story. Although he was born in England, his family are immigrants from Bangladesh. His father does not really fit in - he speaks Bengali to the boy, wears traditional clothing (unlike the children even of some other immigrant families). ...read more.

Conclusion

He is embarrassed when his father comes to the school and looks different from other parents. School is important to him and so is being in the play. His father thinks differently and feels that it is insulting for his son to play a boy who is both poor and lame. Joli's parents seem stricter than the parents of the girl in the first story; their children are told what they must do and are expected to get on with it without argument. The girl in the first story is keen to please her mother and her uncle and is upset when she feels that they do not believe her. Joli seems more anxious to please his teacher and is willing to lie to his father if it will mean that he can be in the play. ...read more.

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