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Response to The Oxford Book Of English Short Stories edited by A.S.Byatt.

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Response to THE OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH SHORT STORIES EDITED BY a.s.byatt This is a marvelously written book. From this book, I get new insight in social values, in human nature, in moral standard and the progress of our society. The language of the stories written by different authors is worthy for me to explore. It is also stunning for me to notice that different authors have their own style to share their observation, feeling, and opinion to us through different writing techniques. In 'Solid Objects' written by Virginia Woolf, it is interesting to note how Woolf describes the small objects in detail. Her writing style is also very intriguing. At first, she mentions a black spot moving upon the vast semicircle of the beach, then she narrows her description, she concentrates on the two characters John and Charles. Isn't it fascinating? I also discover that Woolf is very clever in presenting her ideas through the character John who keeps on searching his favourite solid objects. Self-searching is a very difficult and time-consuming process. Like John, he has to sacrifice his political career in order to search for his goal in life. I admire John's attitude, in this materialistic society, how many of us can act like John and search for the utopia without any hesitation? ...read more.

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Would the cloned human face a fierce challenge from those who feared it might replace them just like the child of Johnson and Christine? If the cloned human has feeling, then how would he feel when he knew that he was born in test-tubes while the rest of the world were born in mothers' womb? How would the ecological system change if the world was repopulated by cloned human one day? And what if the cloned human were not all healthy, just like Christine's' baby which had a possibility to be something between boy and girl? These are questions which are very difficult to answer. As human perception is very limited, we are just trying to see through the thick dark clouds of uncertainty. Therefore, it is necessary for the scientists to be responsible in their decision-making. In the waterfall, it is interesting to note how Bates is trying to diffuse his emotion into the landscape. At first, the waterfall fell with sharp and thin sound in the ice-covered lake, this was when Rose went about in a state of prim, rigid vexation. However, at the end, as the water tore down through the new channel with thundering sound, this was when Rose released her emotion. She did not suppress her feeling anymore. Her tears ran down her cheeks uncontrollably. This shows us that the author uses the environment to express the character's feeling. ...read more.

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Girls are no longer necessarily need to be dignified and queenly, the world is no longer full of the sort of young woman that Meredith used to put into his novels. Instead, in the story, Aurelia likes man who smokes, who drinks, who can imitate a hen laying an egg. This shows the drastic changes in social values. People become more open-minded. This story is very attractive because it has a very interesting twist. We as a reader will certainly stereotype Aurelia as a girl who likes gentleman instead of wanting a genial, cheery, merry old soul. However, the fact is that Aurelia is not as traditional as we thought and the ending turns out to be quite unexpected. I also admire the language used in this story. It is funny and it creates a comic effect, for example, ' you are the bee's roller-skates.' P.G.Wodehouse is a humourist, it is not surprising that he would use the art of language to create a jolly atmosphere. All in all, this is a magnificent masterpiece. Apart from the stories I have mention, the other stories are also worthy to read. The beautiful languages, the aspiring themes, the enchanting plots all are too much for me. I feel that I am ready to float on the dreamy cloud of all the stories and let them carry me to the rainbow of the past English society. ...read more.

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