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Explore how Desai vividly portrays a childs disappointment in either Games at Twilight or Pineapple Cake. Support your ideas with details from your chosen story.

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Explore how Desai vividly portrays a child's disappointment in either 'Games at Twilight' or 'Pineapple Cake'. Support your ideas with details from your chosen story. In the story 'Pineapple Cake' Desai vividly portrays Victor's disappointment by using selective vocabulary, repetition and metaphors. The effect of her writing gives us the impression of a child who is disappointed in many things, not just the loss of a slice of pineapple cake, like the lack of affection from his mother and his unwanted role in the family. From the very beginning of the story, we are told that Victor's mother wanted a girl, not a boy. ...read more.

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The way Victor acts shows that he does not feel comfortable or free in his family. "He felt he was being shoved out". This is reflected by his mother's actions, who displays that she does not trust Victor. She keeps a grip on him, "by holding him by the arm." His inability to roam free or be trusted contributes to his general disappointment, and Desai shows us the coldness of his mother's actions towards him by having her hold his "arm" as apposed to his 'hand'. There is little love or warmth between them. In addition, Desai uses the metaphor of Victor's mother, "digging him in the ribs". ...read more.

Conclusion

After seeing someone die, the last thing Victor needed was cake. However, rather than be supportive toward him, Victor has to, "pull away" from his mother and make "a hesitant move towards the balcony". His 'hesitancy' conveys his uncertainty of his mother's feelings, will she care for him and comfort him, or will she be impatient and angry? As Victor gathers his thoughts and, "stares down at the pastry as if it were the corpse", his mother confirmed his fears of neglect and, "ate [the cake]...quickly." Even though he is in deep emotional trauma, his mother still has the audacity to break her one promise in front of his own eyes. This act fulfils Victor's disappointment. ...read more.

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