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Using “Superman and Paula Brown’s New Snowsuit,” by Sylvia Plath and “Great Expectations,” by Charles Dickens, show how each writer deals with the theme of “childhood fears and the part they play in understanding the adult wo

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Using "Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit," by Sylvia Plath and the extract relating to Christmas and the capture of the convicts from "Great Expectations," by Charles Dickens, show how each writer deals with the theme of "childhood fears and the part they play in understanding the adult world." Both Sylvia Plath's and Charles Dickens's intention in writing these extracts was to show how the things you experience during childhood effect the rest of your life in the way that it changes you and your way of thinking forever. They explore the different factors that affect this, for example your childhood fears or the environment you live in, and describe them in many ways using literary effects to enhance the story and carry the point across. Sylvia Plath describes the memory's of the child in her story as being like "changing colours" and as if "seen through a kaleidoscope", the changing colours could represent herself changing and the kaleidoscope could be how she perceived her life as a child, full of colours and never the same pattern. Charles Dickens tells us of how this little boy Pip has to lie to his loved ones to protect them and himself and in doing this is discovers something for himself. "In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong. ...read more.


It is ironic because the series of events in this story cause her to feel like her dreams have come crashing down, also the fact that she was dreaming about flying shows that she was trying to break away from reality by imagining she was in a place where she didn't have any worries, where she was free. It is also ironic when she tells us of her odd friend, "Sheldon became a Nazi and borrowed a goose step from the movies, but his uncle Macy was really over in Germany, and Mrs Fein began to grow thin and pale because she heard Macy was a prisoner and then nothing more." Because he was mocking the Nazis when really his uncle was over there as a prisoner. A literary effect that Charles Dickens uses is circumlocution to speed up and slow down the part of the story he is describing. An example of this is when Charles Dickens slows down the scene when he writes "The company murmured their compliments. Uncle Pumblechook, sensible of having deserved well of his fellow-creatures, said-quite vivaciously, all things considered-"well, Mrs Joe, we'll do our best endeavours; let us have a cut at this same pie." He slows it down by adding parts to the sentence. He then speeds up his text to create a feeling of panic and excitement when Pip fears that he will be found out, "My sister wet out to get it. ...read more.


These extracts have many similarities despite the time difference and the different environment the two children were living in, P.B. living in the American suburbs of Boston, having the freedom to go out and play and being recognised as an adolescent rather than a small adult which is how the Victorians perceived children. Most Victorian adults did not have a very high opinion of children considering the Victorians made up the saying "children should be seen and not heard". This is shown in "great expectations" when Pip is with the soldiers and they are about to go and look for the convicts, the sergeant asks about the convicts "Anybody here seen anything of any such game?" Everybody, myself excepted, said no, with confidence. Nobody thought of me." They don't think he could make a useful comment because he is only a child. Another time when this is shown is when Pip tells us "I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born" Maybe these stories are based on the author's experiences considering Sylvia Plath was American like the narrator and Charles Dickens lived in the Victorian times but they aren't strong enough factors to rely on. What we do know is that these children realised that they couldn't rely on the safety and security of the adults anymore, they would have to start looking after themselves and start being more independent. They learned this through the experiences they have had. Amber James ...read more.

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