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"Blood" by Janice Galloway

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"Blood" by Janice Galloway Isolation is a major theme that is explored in many novels and short stories. "Blood" by Janice Galloway cleverly emphasises a single girls isolation through a number of techniques such as characterisation, structure, imagery and setting. Through out the story we have a real insight to the girls deepest feelings and thoughts. Immediately the reader is drawn the title of the short story "Blood", this word carries with it a number of negative connotations and a number of positive ones. When we look to the associations of blood we think of pain, violence and periods. Periods are often look upon as being disgusting and makes women seem impure. Nevertheless there is a number of positive connotations to the title, when we think of blood we are immediately drawn to the colour of red symbolising love and passion and also the idea of life and death. Unfortunately the negatives out weigh the positives. ...read more.


Through out the short story Janice Galloway employs one of her most significant techniques through structure to emphasis the girls isolation. The prose contains a number of examples of speech, however there is an absence of inverted commas. The girl is therefore internalising all of her thoughts and not sharing them with the rest of the world. "Little rascal, he said" Even when the dentist talks to her he gets no reply, she is isolating herself from even small conversation and furthermore the rest of society. Galloway describes a rather simple setting, but more importantly the girls avoidance her surroundings to further the theme of isolation in the short story "Blood". The story begins with the girl on a visit to the dentist, followed by a walk back to school and ending up in a music room. These are all everyday places and places the girl would want to fell comfortable and happy in, especially whilst at school. ...read more.


Janice Galloway frequently uses imagery in the story to show how the girl perceives herself to the rest of the world. The girl repeatedly compares her body to a number of unpleasant things, the girl describes her tooth to a deformed parsnip: "like a deformed parsnip" This tooth was inside her, and was part of her body her negativity refers back to her own body and her own person. The girl also compares the sound of the tooth being pulled out to the uprooting of potatoes, which obviously has a great deal of negative connotations, as I personally would dislike it if someone described part of me to a ground vegetable: "the gum parting with a sound like uprooting potatoes" Unfortunately as we can see the girl has a very low perception of herself, this may be the reason why she is seen to be isolating herself. Galloway clearly shows that the girl is extremely isolated from her peers, her parents and her social surroundings. It seems that she is total lost and alone, totally detached from her life. Ben Urquhart ...read more.

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