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Compare and Contrast ‘The Darkness Out There’ with ‘Your Shoes’ with particular Reference to Character, Setting, Narrative Technique and Historical Content

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Lisa Gray 10L 28th September 00 Compare and Contrast 'The Darkness Out There' with 'Your Shoes' with particular Reference to Character, Setting, Narrative Technique and Historical Content! The stories are set in different times. However because the Mother in 'Your Shoes' probably grew up in the time that 'The Darkness Out There' was set in, she applies the ideas and morals of what life was like then. She often relates back to when she was a young girl and what her mother was like. "I grew up in a very old-fashioned family." 'Your Shoes' is set in the nineties and 'The Darkness Out There' is set around the seventies. We know this because in the story Mrs Rutter asks Sandra to wash her 'pastel nylons' these were around in the 1970's. "She squeezed the pastel nylons, the floating sinuous tights." The title's of each story has hidden layers and meanings. Both words, 'Shoes' and 'Darkness' are symbols. 'Darkness' is a symbol of bad, evil and lack of knowledge. It is something we do not like to be associate with. The author of 'The Darkness Out There' tells us this because it links to the darkness in the story. It is also linked with the words 'Out There' which suggests that it is lurking and coming to get you. In 'Your Shoes' the 'your' suggest that the author is writing about somebody else and not herself. 'Shoes' is also a symbol because the mother treats them like a child, she cuddles them. She can also keep them safe and they can not run away. 'Shoes' also informs us that shoes are involved in the story. ...read more.


In 'Your Shoes' we know straight away that the relationship between a teenager and an adult has gone wrong. "...how I didn't really know you at all." However in 'The Darkness Out There', at first, we do not realise that there is a wrong relationship between Mrs Rutter and Sandra. This is because Sandra is oblivious to Mrs Rutter evilness: She is naive when Mrs Rutter's compliments her. "I expect you've got lots of boyfriends, though, haven't you?" Kerry realises Mrs Rutter is not what she seems and they do not get on from the start of the story. "I don't go much on her." I think the reason that the teenagers and adults do not get on is because both women are selfish. We know that the mother in 'Your Shoes' is selfish because she speaks a lot about the daughter leaving her. "...just ran out of the house in the middle of the night, and left me." The Mother is distraught with the loss of her Daughter. She realises that she is half-mad because she says: "Someone half-mad, with grief that is, might pick up a shoe from the rug and hold it like a baby. Someone like me might do that." The shoe is a symbol of the child. The mother loves her daughter and is very upset because she is only young. She wants to be able to hold her daughter and tell everything's OK. She also wants to protect her innocence even though the girl has already proved she is not as innocent as her parents think. The mother and Sandra (in the beginning of the story) are alike because they both want perfection and live in a pretend, unrealistic world where they try to block out the evil in their life. ...read more.


I think it is easier to relate to because it is set in the nineties. I have never known anybody who was alive in the war. They are both interesting stories but because I did not grow up in the seventies it is hard to relate to certain things in the story 'The Darkness Out There', for instance "pastel nylons". I think somebody who grew up in the seventies and who is also alive now would be able to enjoy both stories in far more depth than I have been able to do. I can empathise with the daughter of the story 'Your Shoes' therefore it is easier to identify characters and to understand the story. I have never been in such a tragic situation as the daughter in 'Your Shoes' has but I feel because she is my age that it is easier to sympathise her in the circumstances. I also feel for the mother in the story because she is so desperate to see her daughter. Her madness seems to me more desperate towards the end paragraphs of the story. "Laces like strings of white liquorice. They taste sweet. There, my darling, you're at home with mother, everything's all right... I love you I love you so much oh yes oh yes." I liked both stories because they were factual and understandable. Both of the stories were easy to believe because the authors had spent time researching the situation. From my knowledge of the war I would say that 'The Darkness Out There' is a little exaggerated but is believable. I enjoyed reading both stories. There are many comparisons between each story. The two things that I think link them together are perfection and a misjudgement of a person. ...read more.

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