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A Glorious Morning, Comrade contains humour, yet You Are Now Entering The Human Heart has a darker mood and is full of tension. In neither stories, are the young generation able to understand the point of view of the older generation

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In the short story You Are Now Entering the Human Heart by Janet Frame, an important idea is that people of seniority might have a different view and perspective from the younger generation. In the short story A Glorious Morning, Comrade written by Maurice Gee, the idea is that elderly people do not necessarily need people to look after them in every single aspect of their life. Both ideas are about generation differences. Both these ideas are important to teenagers, because it helps teenagers to get along and be more understanding of the elderly. In the story You Are Now Entering the Human Heart, the different point of views from the two generations is portrayed by the characters. Miss Aitcheson represents the old generation, and the snake attendant represents the younger generation. Miss A is a teacher, who is near retiring age. ...read more.

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She doesn?t want to disappoint others. However, the snake attendant is single minded and he is unable to see the fear of Miss A. The author uses a very interesting snake image to support the theme. Snake handling is the main plot of the story. In addition, the snake attendant is described to have ?grown a reptilian covering?. The snake attendant may be harmless but is unpleasant, just like a snake. Snakes are a cold blooded animal. This shows that the young generation is ignorant of everything around them. In the story A Glorious Morning, Comrade, Mr. Pit-Rimmer, the elderly protagonist tries to break away from the stereotype of old people. Time and time again, he refuses to do what the young generation expects him to do. For example when he got caught from his getaway, his daughter asks him to ?Promise me you won?t be naughty again?. ...read more.

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This image helps bring out the theme which is that elderly people are clever and intelligent. This image creates a big contrast to the motherly way Mr. Pitt-Rimmer?s daughters behave. In conclusion, both stories look at the differences between the old and young generations. In A Glorious Morning, Comrade, Mr. Pit-Rimmer seeks independence, and refuses to conform to the expectations of the young generation, whereas in You Are Now Entering The Human Heart, the elderly lady tries to meet up to the expectations of the young generation. A Glorious Morning, Comrade contains humour, yet You Are Now Entering The Human Heart has a darker mood and is full of tension. In neither stories, are the young generation able to understand the point of view of the older generation. Therefore, as a teenager, I think that it is important to talk and listen to the elderly, as we are lacking knowledge and understanding of the feelings and needs of the elderly people. Tim Chan ...read more.

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