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To compare and contrast three short stories from the anthology

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To compare and contrast three short stories from the anthology I am going to write about three short stories from the anthology which deals with the theme of relationship and loss; I will compare and contrast these three stories showing how the writer uses language and structure to convey these ideas. Firstly, out of the first three stories I chose, 'Flight' by Doris Lessing, it is about a grandfather who is reluctant to let go of his granddaughter. Secondly I chose 'Superman and Paula Brown's New Snow' Suit by Sylvia Plath, this story is an autobiographical account of Plath's childhood and how she is blamed for something she did not do. Lastly I chose 'Your Shoes' by Mich�le Roberts; this story is about a mother who is upset because her daughter has run away All three stories have the theme of relationship and loss. In 'Flight' there is a relationship between the grandfather and his granddaughter and the loss of his granddaughter as she is getting married. In 'Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit', Plath talks about her relationship with her uncle and mother and the loss of her child hood because of what happens with Paula Brown and what is happening around the world during the time of her childhood. ...read more.

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However near the end of the story there relationship is broken due to the lack of trust, when her Uncle doesn't believe her what happened to Paula Brown's new snow suit, 'tell me what really happened'. Plath also shows loss and relationship through other forms of language and structure such as imagery and colour which she thinks is more effective for her story. Plath uses colour remarkably well to show loss and relationship. Plath's childhood is shown through imagery and colour to be a splendid vivid dream world. Words which refer to colour are used such as 'Technicolor dreams', 'flashing red and green lights'. When bright colours are used this shows that she is happy and her relationship between her uncle and mother is good and that everything is positive and cheerful. However when dark colours are used such as black and grey, they create a dingy atmosphere showing that either her relationship with her mum or uncle is not good or she is distressed or sad creating an atmosphere of lost. The dark colours are especially used to show the real world of torture, war and pain,' the colossal blackboard of the dark. ...read more.

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'His fingers curling like claws into his palm', this action is done by the granddad when the name Steven is mentioned. This highlights claws which is sharp and dangerous, also the movement of 'curling like claws' is similar to a clenched fist, which shows anger and dislike. This tells the reader that the granddad does not have a good relationship with Steven. After comparing and contrasting the three short stories I believe that 'Flight' by Lessing shows the theme of relationship and loss best. She uses a range of structures and language to convey these ideas. Her interest in psychology has led to her writing in a very understanding way in the area of self-analysis; she is able to write about other peoples feeling more realistically, this why her stories are very understanding. She uses imagery, colour, alliteration, symbolism and other techniques to show relationship and loss, which I thought was used best by Lessing. However Plath and Roberts did use language and structure to show relationship and loss but most importantly I thought the way Lessing used it was the most effective because it can be seen easily and it keeps the story interesting using different types of language and structure, especially the imagery which is very clear to imagine and understand. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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