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On Your Shoes & The Parvenue

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Jagdeep Bhullar 11G2 1.11.2002 Essay On "Your Shoes" & "The Parvenue" In this introduction I'll be comparing the two stories that we have read. These two stories are "Your Shoes" which was written by Michele Roberts and "The Parvenue" by Mary Shelley. "Your Shoes" was written in the late 20th Century whereas "The Parvenue" was written in 19th Century. Despite the fact that these two stories were written 150 years apart they are very similar in many ways. Mary Shelley is also known famously when she wrote Frankenstein. "Your Shoes" is about a mother's daughter who has ran away whereas "The Parvenue" is about a working class lady who married an upper class man and they go through lots of problems. In "Your Shoes" the mother is very sad, miserable and emotional, similarily in "The Parvenue" the narrator is also very emotional. "Your Shoes" is about mother daughter, relationship likewise in "The Parvenue." ...read more.

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The shoes are personified and an extended metaphor. She's comparing those shoes to her daughter by hugging and kissing them. The writer has used personification all the way. The mother ties the shoes laces together representing the fact that the mother wants her daughter back and doesn't want to be lost. In The Parvenue "I desire to die" is a melodramatic style. This is where she thinks that if she should die, or go to her sister Susan in America, but she does not want to go to America because that's not her kind of place. (commiting suicide) In "The Parvenue" the narrator says that she had a happy childhood, whereas " Your Shoes" did not have a good relationship with her daughter. In "Your Shoes" she stays close with her father whereas in"The Parvenue" her father was almost blackmailing her because the father asks her daughter for money. ...read more.

Conclusion

In "Your Shoes" she tells the story like a letter, however in "The Parvenue" she writes it more of a conventional short story. This shows that these both narrators have a different understanding and purposes. The effect of "Your Shoes" is to make the story more personal. In "The Parvenue" social class is important and you must marry people from a similar background. The role of woman was different. They were treated as inferior. They were expected to stay home and look attractive. Also in "Your Shoes" the women have jobs and also lots of family conflict, because the men are at work always absent men. In this conclusion "Your Shoes" is about a mother's daughter who has ran away because her dad called her a dirty slut because he thinks that the daughter does bad stuff like being a prostitute, drinking and smoking whereas "The Parvenue" is about a working class lady who married an upper class man. This illustrates two very unhappy woman going through lots of problems both at a similar stage. ...read more.

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