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How do the "Poor Relation" and "Fireflies" help us to understand how stories help us make sense of the world?

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How do the "Poor Relation" and "Fireflies" help us to understand how stories help us make sense of the world? Stories have been told since mankind first developed language. We use stories to communicate our experiences to each other and help the future generation to develop. These two stories the "Poor Relation" and "Fireflies" have many things to help us make sense of the world. There is the creativity and imagination in the stories, entertainment, information about the past, morals, tradition, social behaviour and finally experience. In the Poor Relation a man called Michael has lost almost everything. His hopes of inheritance, his wife, and his business. He deals with his reality by dreaming. He reveals his secret life in a fantasy world where he lives in "my Castle" and enjoys a fulfilling family life, with wife, children and grandchildren. One of Michael's main supports to cope with his life is his companion Little Frank. ...read more.


past and their feelings surrounding the realisation of their daughters disability; and finally the story of the family's daily life- the parents happiness and joy in their daughters personality and success. The narrator is the man with a wife and disabled daughter because he can share and express their feelings. The word Fireflies appears in the story quite a lot. Fireflies make a fleeting appearance as bright trails, and then disappear, leaving a momentary fleeting trace on our consciousness. Sightings are brief and unpredictable. Fireflies represent a glimpse of hope, so the moral is never to give up hope. Each story, "Fireflies" and the "Poor Relation" are similar in that both of the narrators hide the truth from other people. Michael in the Poor Relation hides from everyone that he lives in his own fantasy world, calling his house a Castle "I took John home to my castle". And the man in Fireflies hides his feelings that he wanted his daughter Sophie to die, when he found out she was disabled. ...read more.


The Poor Relations language is written in an old fashioned way "he was very reluctant to take precedence of so many respected members of the family" Unlike Fireflies "yesterday I met a man on a train". My own response to Fireflies is that, I thought it was clever linking the man on the train story, to the disabled girls story. In the Poor Relation i also liked the way that Michael creates his fantasy world by dreaming and trying to have a glimpse of farther-hood by being with Little Frank. Both stories have a warning or moral to them. By reading these stories we can learn from peoples mistakes and learn about new things to help us later in life with our experiences e.g. in the poor relation the moral is don't be your own worst enemy, for which Michael paid greatly. Also in Fireflies the word "Fireflies" teaches us that there are glimpses of hope as the parents found out with their disabled daughter. This is How the Poor Relation and Fireflies help us to make sense of the world! ...read more.

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