A Trip Down Memory Lane
Everyone has a past or a history, and some can remember their childhood. Some of those experiences have been good or bad, but no matter what it is still your childhood.
Some authors have decided to write about their childhoods and come up with different ways of writing. Some of those authors tell the full story as if it is that time when it is happening, and others talk in the present and flash back to that time. After reading the two stories “Truth or Consequences,” by Alice Adams, and “The Golden Darters,” by Elizabeth Winthrop, I have come up with some similarities and differences between the two stories.
“Truth or Consequences,” by Alice Adams, is about a woman who talks about herself when she was a young girl. She explains how there were three different classes in the town and the students in the school. There were a few girls who wanted to get revenge towards Emily and spreads rumors about how she would kiss car Jones rather than being covered with honey and bugs eating her alive. The story is written when she is older, and in the newspaper she reads that Car Jones got married to a movie star. She then talks about her childhood and other stories leading all the way up into her adulthood (Adams 78-91).
“The Golden Darter,” by Elizabeth Winthrop, is about a girl whose father had surgery and took up making flies used in fly-fishing. Every year, Emily and her family went up to northern New Hampshire and the kids played and spent time with their friends and do this summer program. Emily’s family was about three weeks early due to her father’s recovery. Emily’s father wanted to teach Emily how to make flies and at first she didn’t want to, but her father made her. A few weeks went by and all of Emily’s friends were around and Emily made the fly into earrings. Her parents got upset by that. (Winthrop 153-162).
In both of the stories the girls learn life lessons and have coming of age experiences. For instance, in the story...