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'Chemistry by Graham Swift', 'Snowdrops by Leslie Norris', and finally 'Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit by Sylvia Platt.'

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Introduction

How do the authors of the anthology deal with the subject of change? In this essay I am comparing three stories together. These stories are 'Chemistry by Graham Swift', 'Snowdrops by Leslie Norris', and finally 'Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit by Sylvia Platt.' I will investigate how the stories are similar and different, and also how they come across to the reader. I will explore the techniques they use and how each author deals with the subject of change. 'Chemistry' is about a boy recalling his childhood and that sees an 'invisible' bond between himself, his mother, and his grandfather. He uses the boat to symbolise the bond, and when the boat sinks, the bond is broken. We see things as the boy saw it, recall the boy's thoughts and emotions of how he felt towards his mother's lover Ralph. 'Snowdrops' is from another boy's memory, where it outlines two different worlds, the adult world, and the child world. The boy is excited by the thought of seeing snowdrops that his teacher Miss Webster was taking them to see. He is excited of seeing the flowers as he believes they are magical. The boy finally sees the flowers and feels depressed because they are not exciting at all. 'Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit' is set from the eyes of a girl, who always thought her Uncle Frank was like superman, and has a lovely life until a few incidents ruin it for her. ...read more.

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At the beginning of the story the girl has nice pleasant dreams of superman, near the end superman is gone and her dreams turn into horrible nightmares. The authors of these stories have different memories but the same kind of plot, each story is set from the eyes of the child. There appears to be two different worlds, the child's world, and the adult's world. All the authors use the technique of 'setting the scene'; they each keep the conclusion to the end, whether the story has a good ending or a bad ending. We do not know that these stories are real pastimes of the authors, nor do we know if the writer is trying to create an impression and is using the story as an anecdote. We do know however know that each story has something very similar; we never know the narrators name. In Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit, we see through the eyes of a girl, who is never actually named. In Chemistry, we see through the eyes of a boy, who is also never named. In Snowdrops we see through the eyes of another boy, he is never named either. I think that the authors used this as a 'mysterious' technique so you wonder if this was the authors past or if this is just a story the author wrote. ...read more.

Conclusion

The language used in these stories is informative yet childlike, it is easy to read and quick to read as well. The stories are not very long; about ten pages would be the maximum to expect. In Chemistry the boy gives the reason of why he recalls certain events e.g. 'I remember it because it was the same Saturday Grandfather recalled the wreck of my boat' In Snowdrops, the boy starts off with a confusing/mystifying statement 'Today Miss Webster was going to show them the snowdrops growing in the little three cornered garden outside the school keepers house, where they weren't allowed to go.' This makes us think 'Who is narrating?' 'Who are them/they?' In Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit the poor girl is shown the real images of war, and her own mind would not let her look away 'I blocked my ears to muffle the sound of the men groaning, but I could not tear my eyes away from the screen.' In conclusion I believe that the authors are very successful in writing these stories and in my opinion each story is well structured and planned. Each story was very easy to read, quite short but informative. These stories were very interesting to read; the authors give a whole new aspect to "Short Stories" and have shown me a new way to write short stories. By Callum Tooey ...read more.

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