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comparison of 'flight' and 'your shoes'

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"Flight" by Doris Lessing & "Your shoes" by Michele Roberts deals with conditions of growing up, relationship between generations and most importantly issues of daughter leaving home and how leaving house can affect the whole family. The story "Flight" revolves around the grandfather who doesn't want his only granddaughter, Alice to get married with love of her life, Steven as deep down he is afraid she will leave him and he might have to suffer from loneliness. In "Your Shoes", a depressed mother imagines a pair of shoes to be her missing daughter who ran away from home after an argument with her father and is describing the memories she had with her daughter. Both the stories shares similar theme over daughter leaving home and growing up. The grandfather in the beginning ignores the reality of children leaving away and he thinks selfishly discarding others happiness. This is because he had only seen his other granddaughters leaving home and they are not always there to stay by his side. ...read more.


Similarly, In "Your Shoes" there is a relationship between mother and daughter. The mother realizes she never really understood her daughter until she's gone. "Now I realize how you kept yourself away from me, didn't know you at all." This quote explains she was constantly rejected by her daughter because she was being overprotective all the time and never tried to understand her daughter feelings. The theme of jealousy is shown from the comparison she makes of her daughter with her mother. She didn't get on well with her mother and now it is the same with her daughter. Like the grandfather, she doesn't accept the reality of daughter leaving home. For example she shuts her daughter's shoes in wardrobe and always keeps an eye on them. But at the end of the story, she feels a failure as a mother and thinks that her daughter will return which appears to be hope. Languages used in both the stories are very descriptive of bodies and atmosphere to make it easier to understand. ...read more.


In "Your shoes", Shoes symbolizes missing daughter and the way she treats the shoes also describe her as she's mentally disturbed and has become paranoid. "Hold you like my mother never rocked me." This quote implies she is holding it like a baby imagining she is holding her daughter and is trying to show her love she didn't get from her own mother. Both the stories enlighten a message that growing up as we see it is not simple as it seems. It is more than that. It is as complicated as this world seems to be. Like In "Your shoes", daughter running from home affected her mother but we can't blame the daughter as it is her parents who have failed to understand her and take her in right track. And in Flight grandfather realises his mistake and repent it by accepting his granddaughter's new relationship. This is a result of children showing more responsible side. Both the stories give us idea that as we grow up we start to develop relationship, go through happiness and sorrows and decisions that sometimes might affect our loved ones and bring profound changes in lives. ...read more.

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