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Sunset Song

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Introduction

What causes Chris to grow up throughout the novel Sunset Song? Sunset song is a novel written in 1932 by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. It's the first part of a trilogy called the Scots Quain. Today it is seen as being one of the best classical Scottish novels ever written. The book focuses on Chris's journey into adulthood. The story starts off with Chris Guthrie. She's a nineteen year old girl who is quite na�ve about life. She is from a farming family. However unlike most daughters of farmers in those days, she also goes to school and is a grade A student. When she is at school is taught how to speak a more formal dialect than the Scots slang she is used to speaking when she is at home. Chris feels torn between these two lives. Firstly she feels a close connection to the farm and the land but she also has a passion for her studies. There is a line in the novel which talks about there being 'two Chris's, 'So that was Chris and her reading and her schooling, two Chris's that fought for her heart and tormented her.' The two Chris's mentioned are firstly the Chris that is brought up on the farm and secondly the more intellectual Chris who likes to go to school. ...read more.

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And besides, she didn't know how.' This shows Chris's naivety, which I think comes a lot with the general opinions of sex in the 1930s were it was still a taboo subject that most people would never really discuss until they actually found out for themselves on their wedding night. A major step for Chris is when she has her first kiss, which is in fact with a complete stranger and happens on the night that there is a fire in the village of Peesie's Knapp. She accidently bumps into a stranger when walking up from the village and before she knows it, he has her in his arms and is kissing her. She kicks the man, which causes him to leave her alone. Chris feels violated but deep down you get the feeling that she actually quite enjoyed it by the way she describes it by saying; 'he had a face with a soft, grained skin, it was the first time a man had ever kissed her like that'. The man that kissed her is actually called Ewan and he plays a vital part in the entire story as he and Chris actually end up getting married. The second time Chris sees Ewan is when he comes to visit the house to look for Will. ...read more.

Conclusion

The end of the book is slightly tragic as Ewan goes off to war and leaves Chris and his son on the farm. When Ewan comes back on leave, the war has changed him. He is no longer the man Chris married and he has taken on a very violent streak. Chris fells completely detached from him and when he returns to the war she is left to support herself and her young son. Ewan sadly was killed fighting in the war. Shortly after this she finds out the true story from her friend Chae Strachan who is home on leave: Ewan was shot as a deserter, but he died thinking of her and Blawearie. After Ewan she begins a relationship with the new minister and she watches as he dedicated the War Memorial at the Standing Stones above her home. Chris however gets through the service as she has become strong in response to all the hardship she has suffered in her life. She has gone through many things that most nineteen year olds wouldn't have gone through in a lifetime. But through suffering all these hardships it has made Chris have to grow up prematurely. By the end of the novel you have complete sympathy and care for Chris which in my eyes is what makes a satisfying ending. ...read more.

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