Authors' Views on Different Feelings Associated with Growing Up
All the three short stories, that I read in anthology all deals with
the same ideology ‘Growing up’. Here in all these stories the movement
from childhood to adulthood is a significant change.
The story ‘Superman and Paula brown’s new snow suit’ is written by
Sylvia Plath, the story is set in North America in the city of Boston
during the Second World War. The story is about a Girl who was happy
and lives in her own intense dream world. She is fascinated by flying
and almost believes superman could teach her to fly. She plays
superman games with her friend David. Her father has died and she
idealises her Uncle Frank. Superman and Uncle Frank are bound together
in her mind. Gradually, she becomes affected by the war. She is
physically sick when she sees graphic pictures of the horrors of the
prisoner of war camps. Superman can’t save her from nightmares. She is
at first powerless when accused by Paula Brown, then become isolated
and a target. Everyone turn against her. She has been victim for the
mistake which she has not done. Paula got slid while playing which was
her own fault but she pointed the narrator and blames her for what she
has not done. She is truly innocent on this matter. After this her
usual comforts of home and uncle frank do not work, although she
pretends she’s fine. But In her ear and mind the sentence she got for
nothing–‘’you did it, Yes you did it… You pushed her, you did, we saw
you….’’ was always blowing. She is been bullied.’’…..Chanting in a
chorus, ‘yes you did. Yes you did, we saw you’’. When her mother and
uncle frank appear not to believe her story, she leaves the light room
and chooses somewhere dark room to hide and think. It seems everything
was over to her. This shows how everything has changed for her. She
has lost her childhood world of innocence (light) and has entered the
cruel, dark ‘real’ world. She is very attractive but not popular,
because she is too stuck up. Paula was given an expensive snow-suit as
a present and was very proud of it. She blames the narrator because if
Paula parents find that her suit was ruin by her own foolishness, she
will get scold so she blamed the narrator. We all know Narrator was
only invited because they needed someone else to play the game, not
because she wanted her. Paula was really unfriendly with the Narrator.
She fancies Jimmy lane and always allowed herself to be caught by him.
She deliberately chose to blame the narrator when she slid in the oil,
perhaps because she saw the narrator the weakest person there.
Unwittingly, Paula changes the narrators’ life for ever by destroying
The movement from childhood to adulthood is a painful one. The story ‘Growing
up’ is written by Joyce Cary is very...