The Darker and Unpleasant Side of Childhood

The Darker and Unpleasant Side of Childhood

Essay # 2

“Games at Twilight” and “Childhood” both deal with the same subject of Childhood memories, as both are nostalgic and revision of previous memories. Childhood memories could be pleasurable as well as depressing. Likewise “Games at Twilight” reflects more on the darker and unpleasant side of childhood, whereas “Childhood” imitates the pleasing and comforting aspect of childhood.

The main thing going to describe in this essay is somewhat different and varied approach of both authors in dealing with the same subject of childhood memories. The selection of words, imagery and setting of texts reflects that the authors are from distinct environments. The author of the short story “Games at Twilight” is Indian, so Anita has set family background portraying the Indian culture. On the other hand, author of the “Childhood” sets her text background according to her British environment.

Both described the innocent point of childhood but at the same time Anita gives the violent aspect of children as well, While Marry Hewitt describes only the purity. Both authors defined the essence of childhood in somehow different manner. Summer in Twilight reflects the uncomfortable, scorching and irritating setting, whereas in Childhood the pleasant side of summer has described by using pearly sense for dews. This describes the different setting in both texts.

Sibling’s rivalry and the situation of battlefield are mainly portrayed in the short story of Child’s play, as the children “began tumbling, shoving, pushing against each other” when started playing. Every image in the story is very intense, dark and painful. On the contrary, the poetry of “Childhood” is full of really smooth, mild and comfortable environment; there is a beauty of nature ..“deep snows were beautiful” and joy in playing in the fields.

Child’s play is the core focus in the short story, as play is not always remain a source of enjoyment and pleasure but it also has a nature of competition...

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