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The Three Stories I Have Chosen To Study Are: Flight By Doris Lessing,

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The three stories I have chosen to study are: Flight by Doris Lessing,
Superman and Paula Browns New Snowsuit by Sylvia Plath and Chemistry by
Graham Swift. In these three stories the writers explores complex family
relationships.

Choose three stories, where the writers present difficult
relationships between family members, compare and contrast these
relationships.

The three stories I have chosen to study are: ‘Flight’ by Doris
Lessing, ‘Superman and Paula Browns New Snowsuit’ by Sylvia Plath and
‘Chemistry’ by Graham Swift. In these three stories the writers
explores complex family relationships, through a variety of
techniques: imagery, mood and atmosphere, symbolism and structuring
the stories to built up to a climax, when there is a point of
realisation for both character and reader. All three stories begin by
presenting idyllic family relationships but as the stories progress
things change.

The story Flight by Doris Lessing is about an unnamed old man who
keeps pigeons, he worries about his granddaughter, Alice. He has seen
his other granddaughters leave home, and he is possessive of Alice and
jealous of Steven, her boyfriend. The old man argues with Alice about
her behaviour, and complains to his daughter, Alice's mother Lucy. At
the start of the story the old man shuts up his favourite pigeon,
rather than let it fly. When Steven, the boyfriend, makes him a
present of a new pigeon, he is more able to accept what is going to
happen, and he lets his favourite go. The ending of the story is has
more than one possible meaning: Alice has tears on her face, as she
stares at her grandfather. But I do not know if they are for him, for
Steven, for herself, or for some other cause. And we do not know if
they are tears of joy or sadness or some other feelings.

There are many significant events in flight, the first being Alice
swinging on the gate.

Chemistry by Graham Swift is one of the more complex narratives in the
Anthology. It begins with a widower living with his daughter, also
widowed, and their son. His daughter starts a relationship with
another man, and eventually this man quarrels with her father. He
retreats to his garden shed where he spends time in his hobbies of
chemical experiments and model making, and...

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