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How do Taylor and Abrahams convey childhood experience in 'The Gold Cadillac' and 'Crackling Day'? What messages, about life in the societies in which these stories are set, do the writers convey through these children's experiences? Taylor and Abrahams convey childhood experiences in 'The Gold Cadillac' and 'Crackling Day' in many different ways, in the two stories the childhoods of the main characters are very different. The two stories were both set in very racist times. 'The Gold Cadillac' was set in the deep south of America in the 1950's. 'Crackling Day' was set in the time of the Apartheid South Africa, at this time there was ethnic separation in South Africa. In the story 'The Gold Cadillac' the children had been brought up in a very secure home, with all of their relatives around them. They live next to their aunts and uncles and they hardly have to do a thing. They have fun outside without having to worry about any racism. In the story of 'Crackling Day' the child had grown up in a nice house in the city, however when he moves to the south to live with his aunt and uncle his whole lifestyle changes. One of the major ways in which both authors convey childhood experiences is through the childish behaviour and language of the narrators. In 'The Gold Cadillac' they use language such as 'daddy' and use short and simple sentences. ...read more.


We can also see that the whole family is really close when the text in The Gold Cadillac says "My uncles came out from the house and my aunts, carrying their babies came out too" This shows a lot of love and warmth in the society around them and that there is nothing to be worried about in the community. When the father was arrested whilst travelling down south in the gold Cadillac, they change cars to his cousins' 'Chevy'. This will not draw as much attention to themselves, this makes them feel safer. This movement tells us that the society is very unforgiving and racist through the closeness, love and care of the family. The relationship the narrator has with their aunt and uncle in 'Crackling Day' is a different kind to the one the narrator shares with their parents in 'The Gold Cadillac' but they do share some similarities. I know that the narrator in 'Crackling Day' does not have any parents and is living with his aunt and uncle who love him but are a lot sterner then the parents in 'The Gold Cadillac'. In the text it says "Only a small piece, understand?" This shows that the upbringing of the narrator in 'Crackling Day' was much tougher than the one in 'The Gold Cadillac'. You can see the love in the relationship at the end of the story when the narrator is being beaten for fighting, it says in the text "Then suddenly Aunt Liza went limp. ...read more.


In 'The Gold Cadillac' the narrator shows fear when it says "I was afraid to sleep until my father woke" The fear shows us that the environment that they grew up in is nothing like the one that they are in when they are scared. It shows that society, though mostly loving, can be ruthless as well. The fear shows us the severity of the fathers arrest and the white mans power to take their father away for no reason but also whilst putting more emphasis on the horrific events that happen at the end of the stories, because innocent people such as the ones in these stories shouldn't b made to feel intimidated. In conclusion Taylor and Abrahams convey childhood experience of racial discrimination in 'The Gold Cadillac' and 'Crackling Day' by mainly using the innocence, ignorance and confusion of the children when they are in a strange, hostile place. I think that the author's methods are very effective and they help create a clear picture of the upbringing of the narrators and the environment they are in. In the two stories they both went on a journey that started in innocence but taught them a harsh lesson about the world outside their upbringing. This journey happens in both stories, one on foot to collect food and the other in car to meet with relatives, they both portray the fear of racial prejudice and a confusion of not understanding how to act in different circumstances. This is a life journey where we learn lessons that are not always nice. ?? ?? ?? ?? Robert Foard 10E 21/2/08 ...read more.

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