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How do the authors of any three stories in the Anthology deal with the subject change?

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How do the authors of any three stories in the Anthology deal with the subject change? The authors in all three stories are similar in many different ways. However they are somewhat different as they all have different meanings but in the end the event that has happened to the characters in each of the stories is life changing. The three stories are called 'Your Shoes' which is written by Mich´┐Żle Roberts who is a novelist and poet, 'Superman and Paula Brown's new Snowsuit' which is written by Sylvia Plath who is also a poet and a novelist. The last story is called 'The End of Something' is written by Ernest Hemingway who published this short story in 1938. In all three stories the main event is 'change'. In 'Your Shoes' we see a lot of the change through the emotion of the mother.This is written as a first person narrative with the speaker telling us the story and her emotions. Her thoughts are mixed and tumble out at us , this shows her confused and emotional state at the moment. She is obviously in pain "If I wrap my arms around myself and hold tight it keeps the pain in." (lines 21 - 22), but recalls much of her own pain from her childhood and the influence her mother had on her. ...read more.

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In all three short stories the event is life changing. In Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit the character is forced to realise that life does not only revolve round her and she can't always be the centre of attention. In Your Shoes the mother is forced to realise she didn't have very good communication with her daughter.The story looks at ideas of self-knowledge and self-deception - but ends with an emphatic denial of what the reader sees to be true. The story also, therefore, makes us question the judgement and truthfulness or sanity of the narrator. In The End of Something it is life changing as it has finished a once-happy relationship and they will most probably never see eachother again. All three short stories don't really have much of a structure and the reader has no clues until they get to the middle of the story as to whats really happening and what the title is about. In Your Shoes if there is a structure it does not come from the account of the runaway daughter's disappearance, so much as from the mother's life story. The final part of the story is certainly not an ending of the daughter's life story, but does represent something both conclusive and inconclusive for the mother. She comes to some kind of idea about the girl but it is a delusive fantasy, in which the teenager becomes an infant, while her shoelaces are no ...read more.

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In this respect, the mother fails. In The End of Something the title of the story makes it clear that there is a analogy between the history of Hortons Bay and the story or personal history of Nick and Marjorie. This is a simple comparison - of something that was good and productive, but that comes to an end because circumstances change. At the same time, the people in the story are aware of what happened to the town and feel some nostalgia - but their shared affection for the "old ruin" is not enough to keep their love alive. In The End of Something at the beggining line 1 it says 'In the old days Hortons Bay was a lumbering town' and from the middle of line 2 it says ' Then one year there were no more logs to make lumbers'. So basically the author is trying to say that Hortons Bay has changed and deteriated. Now if you look at Nick and Marjories relationship it has done exactly the same thing. It has changed, they don't feel the same way about eachother as they did before. The author is making a clear comparison between the town and the relationship which is quite clever. Overall I think Your Shoes, Superman and Paula Brown's new snowsuit and The End of Something are three very effective short stores showing a variety of emotion, symbolism and struture. They have all been written with a twist in them which leaves the readers imagination run wild! ...read more.

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