Kimberley Jayne Fletcher
The links and connections between ‘Flight’-by Doris Lessing, ‘Your
Shoes’-by Michele Roberts, ‘Chemistry’-by Graham Swift, ‘Superman and
Paula Browns new snowsuit’-by Sylvia Plath, and ‘growing up’-by Joyce
The main theme in all the pieces of prose is ‘family’.
In ‘Flight’ the granddad and granddaughter growing up and having to
let go because the granddaughter is getting married, and it’s hard for
family to let people you love go.
In ‘Your Shoes’ the mum is upset about her child running away and is
telling the audience/reader how she is feeling and how certain she
will come back because she hasn’t got her new shoes she bought her.
In ‘Chemistry’ the relationships betweens the granddad, mum, son and
new boyfriend and how their lives change when their close ...view middle of the document...
The girl in ‘Flight’ is feeling betrayed by her granddad because she
knows how much he loves his birds and he also loved her as much as his
birds. So when he let go of his birds it was symbolical of him letting
go of her, so she can have freedom in her life and not have him
interfering in her life. But the irony is that she wants him in her
All of the stories portray betrayed but by different people, ‘Flight’
and ‘Chemistry’ the boy and girl betrayed by their granddad. ‘Your
Shoes’ the mother is betrayed by her daughter.
In ‘Your Shoes’ the mother is talking about what her daughter is like
and how she feels betrayed by her because her daughter had always
liked her grandmother more than her and she had always hated her
mother because of the way she treated her when she was young.
‘Superman and Paula Browns new snowsuit’ the child is betrayed by
their family and friends.
In ‘Superman and Paula Browns new snowsuit’ the writer doesn’t tell us
if the child is a girl or boy, but the child feels betrayed by its
family and friends because all of them don’t believe he/she didn’t
push Paula Brown in the oil slick. ‘Growing Up’ the children feel
betrayed by their father.
In ‘Growing Up’ the two children are at the age where they change so
much and the father is working hard all week, but when it comes to the
weekend the father treats them how they used to be wanted to be
treated. But over the week they have changed and the father has been
too tied up with his work and not realised that they have changed. The
children feel betrayed by him because he doesn’t spend as much time as
he did with them as he did before and more time at work.