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English Comparison 'Superman and Paula brown's new snowsuit' by Sylvia Plath is set in the Boston area of New England and it's possible that Plath based it on her own childhood as there are some parallels in the details she mentions. It is also about a specific time, sometime between 1939 and 1945, as it mentions the American conflict with Japan. The story has the central theme of the difficulty of growing up. Sylvia Plath presents the girl's experiences as being about injustice, unfairness and the feeling that the world is not good, but evil. War and the conflict between individuals are presented as being equally important and destructive, war is a key part of the life of the children just as much as childish feuds are. Throughout the story Sylvia Plath has used colour imagery to represent the child's feelings. Sylvia Plath uses the image of light to show what the girl feels about her home. 'A secure web of light.' It isn't threatening; it is safe - at the moment. Significantly, the dining room window gives only a reflection of the room, so a careful reader might begin to think that the feeling of safety is an illusion. ...read more.

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"Where I knelt over the toilet bowl and vomited up the cake and ice cream." (Line 96) This shows the sheer rejection of youth, as she realises that everything that she has believed and imagined has been a true fa�ade, that her hero won't come swooping down to the save the day. The phrase "cake and ice-cream" is mainly associated with the happy memories of youth, whereas in this case it seems that because of the shocking image that she has just seen, she needs to reject everything she knows, everything she has imagined and dreamt of, and get in touch with the real world that contains despair, disappointment and ultimately evil.This shows a shocking maturity to the narrator. Analysis of the key characters. The key characters in this story is the narrator, as from a first person recount we get to know her feelings and her thoughts.Which creates a strong connection between thee audience and the character. "I lay there alone feeling the black shadow creeping up the underside of the world like a flood tide." (Line 180-1) This demonstrates how lonely the narrator now feels, that she has lost her children perception on life, the word "black" is a stark contrast to the beautiful lights that she relied on to guide her, ...read more.

Conclusion

The story also shows how parents strive to protect their children from the harsh realities of life. 'Snowdrops' has parallels with 'Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit', in that both stories show children learning a harsh fact of life. Both stories are also about young children and focus exclusively on how they see the world. Some of the symbolism of colour, especially black, and of cold is common to these two stories. The snowdrops symbolise people, who endure difficulties and sadness, like the teacher endures bereavement. The children do not understand Miss Webster's crying at the end of the story, but they are frightened by it. It is probably their first introduction to the experience of grief, but it won't be their last. It is a sad ending to the story, as the boy experiences fear and happiness at the same time. It is in poignant contrast to the happy start to the story. The story also shows how parents strive to protect their children from the harsh realities of life. 'Snowdrops' has parallels with 'Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit', in that both stories show children learning a harsh fact of life. Both stories are also about young children and focus exclusively on how they see the world. Some of the symbolism of colour, especially black, and of cold is common to these two stories. ...read more.

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