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Malachi's Cove and Flight, are about two young ladies growing up but in different times and places. Both asserting their independence and developing relationships with young men. Malachi's Cove is set in mid-nineteenth century and Flight in the 1950s.

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Wide Reading: GSCE Coursework Both of the stories, Malachi's Cove and Flight, are about two young ladies growing up but in different times and places. Both asserting their independence and developing relationships with young men. Malachi's Cove is set in mid-nineteenth century and Flight in the 1950s. The authors' outlook on these stories express many differences. Anthony Trollope (Malachi's Cove) was a male author, he wrote his story when women were expected to find satisfaction in getting married to a man whom might not love and having their children. This left them dependent on men. This of course was in the Victorian period. Doris Lessing wrote her story when women like herself were becoming incredibly frustrated by the restrictions if their familial responsibilities. One of Doris Lessing's best-known novels The Golden Notebook (1962) was esteemed as an important manifestation of feminist ideas. Doris may have been showing her views from when she was younger when she went to a Catholic convent school but then left at the age of 14. She also joined the Communist party in 1949. This may explain the reason why she wrote this story, to express her beliefs on women's rights and feelings. At the time Trollope wrote his story women were expected to take certain duties onboard. He's written about a girl who is going against all of the ideals of Victorian women. A stereotypical view of one of these women was to be paled faced and have a 'delicate constitution'. ...read more.

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But when she rescues him she sees him as beautiful. This is when she changes her attitude towards him because she realises he has feelings and willingly surrenders her freedom. Alice is a typical 1950s woman who wants to marry and have children to look after, unlike Mally who doesn't want any of this. Alice gets along well with her grandfather like Mally does, but Alice's grandfather doesn't want her to leave home whereas Old Glos wouldn't mind Mally getting married because he would get a nicer house and some security, which he got. Alice and Steven were in a playful relationship of young love and Steven had won Alice's love, and stole it from her grandfather. Whereas Barty had to earn his love and thought of Mally as a challenge that had to be won, and was. Alice at the start was all for marriage and being dependant on Steven but seeing her grandfather with his pigeons made her change her mind because she would have to be locked away and do whatever Steven wanted her to do like the birds to their master. Mally made it clear at the beginning that she didn't want anything to do with marriage and wanted to keep her independence. But then she sees a man in a different light and thinks about the security she would have if she married Barty. Mally is very protective of her grandfather, because he was old and couldn't do much. She was possessive of her cove and her seaweed, because if anyone entered the cove they were entering Mally, and if anyone took any seaweed they were taking a bit of Mally's independence. ...read more.

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There seems to be a suggestion that Alice is sad at the realisation that marriage will involve a loss of freedom. This ending completely supports Lessing's ideas about women's rights in the 1950s. This would have appealed to women who were fed up with being a housewife and maybe wanted a bit more in life. I am disappointed by the ending of Malachi's Cove because there's not that much lead up to Mally changing her mind and she doesn't really think about losing her independence. She just collapsed when someone pushed her; she didn't stick up for her rights or beliefs. Barty could've been manlier and Mally could've put up more of a challenge. These days stories have a lot more sexual activities and usual the women are more emotional and it doesn't always ending happily. I liked Flight because it showed a lot of emotion and what relationships can be like. It also hinted at the end that Alice wasn't too happy about getting married now, which showed that women do have a choice and they're not just there to do the cleaning and washing up. I think it could've been made a little bit longer and during a longer space of time, as it all happened in just one afternoon. I think people may like this story but I think it should have a bit more emotion in it and maybe some notes on what Steven and Alice did when they went to get the grandfather the bird. ...read more.

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