• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The dark side of Christmas

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The dark side of Christmas Nicola butler The rain was intense and I was not looking forward to stepping out of my car into the graveyard this Christmas. Knew from the very second it would be "the dark side of Christmas". As expected when plunged out I stepped into an extremely wet puddle and was drowned with rain. I started walking solemnly to the graveyard where both my granddads lay, still, peaceful and lifeless in the grave where they were buried just 4 weeks ago. As I headed closer and closer towards the entrance gates I could see the mass of graves, percentage of deaths was increasing by the day and how little room there was left. As I stepped into the entrance I seen graves dating from 1885, this automatically made me think of what life must have been like for this poor fellows, the dark side thinking they were dying of cancer or having a dramatic accident if they only knew the "dark side of Christmas" would turn out to be this while they were having a good side not too long ago. ...read more.

Middle

I was taught from a relatively young age not to walk over graves, only now when really thinking about it did I wonder why I was doing so. There was nobody around to judge me and my grandfather was not going to say a lot about it but I soon came to a conclusion that it was just done therefore I would do the same. I stepped forward standing directly in the middle of the aisle starring at the solemn grave on my ancestor. It read: `Beloved husband Father and grandfather Called to rest on 16th September 1984 Aged 61 years Peace perfect peace` As I read through this small note of his life I thought to myself how much I would have loved to meet him, the stories I have heard but unfortunately born 2 years to late. As I wandered back and forth I thought about how graves represent life. A new grave is well presented, polished and colourful. An old grave is dull, dark and left for dead and sometimes even broken. ...read more.

Conclusion

Seeing graves like this made me think of how it must have been for the parents when he was taken into the arms of God. You cannot possibly think this unless it happens to you. I looked toward this gigantic grave, which contained five bodies inside. Two young and three middles ages people. There are no guarantees to life and you only get what you put into it is it to late to change your past o or is it just fate that this happens? It's just so hard I could barely reach my granddads grave I could face up to the fact they were dead right now. I gained in distance toward but I just could face the fact of looking down onto their grave thinking they are not with us any more. Is this a dream to me or actually reality from now on every Christmas will be "a dark side of Christmas" but eventually I will have the courage to walk straight into the graveyard and see my two beloved granddads because before long I will have my whole life squeezed onto once small piece of stone. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Christmas section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Christmas essays

  1. Examine how different writers present the theme of Christmas

    we've ever known as the shops have such a big influence nowadays and we've been brought up with the traditions of buying presents and spending money at Christmas so we don't really know any different. I can however see what the poet Soutster is trying to say though as we

  2. How has life changed for ordinary people since A Christmas Carol was written?

    Also they had electricity which was very rare and expensive and also electrical appliances which were very expensive. If anything it appears that they were comparatively wealthier in their time than middle class people are today. The difference between poor people and middle class people has dramatically changed over the years.

  1. What picture of Victorian life is created by the novel A Christmas Carol?

    Times were jolly for these people as she 'wished him or her a Merry Christmas' There are many comparisons between the life as an upper class man/ women to that of a lower class man/women but family life has to be a key issue.

  2. The Story of Christmas and the Christ Child

    See EPIPHANY. In the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, according to legend, Saint Nicholas gives presents to children on the eve of December 6. Wearing a red robe, he arrives on a boat from Spain and rides down the streets on a white horse.

  1. I am going to write about three different poems, which have a different view ...

    I think the intention of the poet using a short sentence was to finish the list off. Also, it was probably used to let the reader know that there were more problems but they could not be mentioned all. The use of negative language and the 'list' effect makes the main tone of the poem sound very dark and depressing.

  2. Discuss how two or three writers treat the subject of Christmas

    it should say 'a teenager would put a mobile phone with no bills ever there'! Basically, the message the poem is trying to get across is the facts that happiness is a bit of everything and that you don't know what happiness is until you've experienced it.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work