JANET FRAME'S SHORT STORY “THE BATH”: The Tribulations of Old Age We often entertain this romantic and sentimental assumption that old age is a time of peace and happiness after a whole life devoted to work and the family; it's a time to enjoy the full benefits of one's hard work and efforts. In “The Bath”, however, New Zealand writer Janet Frame (1924 - 2004) reverses this interpretation and uncompromisingly explores the “terror” and “torture” of old age. It's 17 years since this old woman is managing on her own after her husband's death. Each year she makes it a point to go to the graveyard to place flowers on the tombstone. But the journey is a real problem. In a few concrete details, Frame charts her mental state - the walk to the bus-stop, the change of buses, the bitter wind, the tiredness. Each works against her, exerting demands she finds increasingly awesome. So much so that there's a death-wish on her part: she longs to find a place beside the graves. Physically and emotionally drained, living has become an excruciating experience for her. With growing pain in her back and loss of strength in her hands, fear builds up inside her - a feeling that will harass her at every moment. Taking a bath turns out to be irksome. It's a task she is afraid to perform. She fears falling and injuring herself, and with no one to help. We find her clinging tightly to the edge of the rim that seems like “the edge of a cliff with a deep drop below into the sea.” A striking imagery to bring out the profundity of her distress and panic. Her slow, painful movements portray her perturbed state; she doesn't lie down or lean back to bathe, she sits upright. Her fear is not being able to climb out. Indeed, climbing out of the bath is a major obstacle - the fear of making a mistake is very much there on her mind. She wants to get over it by inventing all sorts of excuses to stay in the bath for some more time. It's a fear encrusted far into her mind....
...Model Essay – The Poetry of JanetFrame
What features of Janet Frame’s poetry contribute to the distinctive character and voice of her poems? Discuss.
There are several features of Janet Frame’s poetry that contribute to the distinctive character and voice of her poems. Without a doubt, the most distinctive characteristic of her poetry is her use of simple, yet extraordinarily rich imagery. Another characteristic of her work is her focus on the natural world. Yet another aspect of Frame’s work is that many of her poems deal with the themes of acceptance and the growth from innocence to experience.
Frame’s use of vivid imagery, bursting with meaning, is certainly what is most memorable about her poetry. She uses images familiar to all of us, but in unusual, extraordinary ways. The poem Yet Another Poem about a Dying Child is about a terminally ill boy who welcomes death as a release from his pain. His parents, naturally, do not want him to die and try to deny the fact that he is gravely ill. Throughout the poem, Frame uses images important to and appropriate for a small child – “trees”, “stars”, “spring flowers”, “pebbles”, a “penny”. “Trees and stars” are used as symbols of childhood wonder and a child’s fascination with the natural world. We understand clearly the boy’s painful situation when Frame describes his “pebbles of diseased bone.” Frame uses the image of a...
Janet Frame’s novel “To the is-land” is an autobiography of her childhood during the 1920’s to the early 1940’s in New Zealand. Her novel highlights the issues she dealt with, such as family, social and even personal issues and it affected the course of her life. Non-fiction texts allow headers to look at issues more closely and think more of them because they are real stories, so they have more impact on the readers.
Frame, in her first autobiography, lets us discover the issue of poverty and hardship. Frame grew up in a low class family in Oamara. Her family are struggling to make a living, this is backed up by her quote “ the election was almost a second coming, so great was the joy in our household,” the election was a important moment for the Frames because it came with welfare forms, and free medical services, this was like a miracle sent from god. Janet’s childhood was mainly in the time of the great depression which affected New Zealand as well. Because of this depression it impacted on Frames family even more, what made it worse was the great depression occurred around the same time fames brother fell ill with epilepsy, which put strain on the family’s already tight financial condition. “A cloud of unreality and despair filled our home…. Some of the resulting penetrating rain had the composition of real tears,” through imagery allow us to understand how her...
Announcer: “ C_Copy2 and C_Copy 7 to super stage, report now.”
“ What do you think all of this is about S_112 ?”
“ I have no clue, they might have some sickness or might be polluted.”
“Yea”, every time I talk to her I feel something in me that keeps me attracted to her, a bond maybe.
Polluted, that word struck my head, what can it be? Thinking as I was strolling through the corridor until I approached a steel door called stage 3 with a sign saying “no entrance” hanging on. Thoughtlessly I sneak inside and start wandering with anxiety looking at all of these tubes, hearing some murmuring here and there. A hand pulls me to the side behind a set of tubes.
“shhh, don’t say a single word” this old man puts his hand on my mouth. He takes me into this small chamber and gives me a coke. I look bewilderedly at this can of drink; I never saw such a thing in the conservatory inside. I reject it, but he stops me and says, “ Its not polluted don’t worry”. “ I don’t think you know much about the real world do you?”
I answer still with a bit of confusion, “ what do you mean? Real world? “
“ I see now, let me tell you a few things about who you are and why you are here, first you’re not a real human being but rather a copy of a guy in the world, you’re only a doll that is used to keep these extra artificial organs in good condition so later on when an organ in the original person fails, a part of you is replacing that so in that way people...
...time comes, that she will be the first to go because she is weak and he is strong.
Summary of “Little Red Riding Hood”
This shortstory is the classic tale of a little girl in a red cloak going to take her ill grandmother some baked goods. This is the first known publication of Charles Perrault’s story. Little Red Riding Hood was loved by her mother and even more so by her grandmother, who made her a red hooded cloak to wear out and about. The little girl was on her way to her grandmother’s house when she encountered a wolf. The wolf offered to visit her grandmother as well. They took different paths to the house, the wolf taking the shortest. While Little Red Riding Hood was distracted by the scenery, the wolf would appear at grandmother’s house first with the intention of eating her. The wolf came up with the idea of dressing up as grandmother before the little girl arrived. Along comes Little Red Riding Hood with her basket of goodies and knocks on the door. The wolf tried to adjust his voice to sound like grandmother. Once she is in the house, Little Red Riding Hood notices that grandmother’s appearance has changed a lot. Her eyes, ears, legs and most of all: her teeth. Once she points out the noted differences, the wolf gobbles her up.
Summary of “The Tell-Tale Heart”
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a most suspenseful story. It begins with a man watching over and older gentleman in a room....
...English Sac – ShortStories Analytical
The stories ‘The Happy Prince’ by Oscar Wilde, ‘The Gift of Magi’ by O.Henry and ‘The Four Horsemen‘ by Jenny Pausacker all explore the themes of love, sacrifice and being non judgemental or judgemental. Throughout this topic, love, sacrifice and being non judgmental or judgemental of people are qualities that not all people value. But there are still many people who value and support it.
The theme love is clearly highlighted in “The Happy Prince and ‘The Gift of Magi’. The story ‘Happy Prince ’, Wilde explores the theme of love by using the example between the Prince and the swallow falling in love. This is evident when the Prince says “you must kiss me on the lips, for I love you.” Wilde’s explores the importance of love using two different creations God has made. Wilde’s also proves that love in the story exist in many different ways. Love is shown in the Happy Prince by caring for his people. He sees that his people are in need so he sends his one and only swallow to look over his town and give away all the treasure that the Happy Prince has. Happy Prince is blind and his body parts are missing but still cries for his people in the town hoping that they will be safe. Wilde shows that love is important part of life and that caring for each other is the main key. O.Henry also explores the theme of love in ‘The Gift of Magi’. The Gift of Magi is a strong topic...
...In the two shortstories, "The Free Radio" and "Everything Rises Must
Converge," the main characters of each story have to make many important
decisions/choices. The choices that are made change how other characters see the main
character as well as how they react to them.
In the shortstory, "The Free Radio," by Salman Rushdie, Ram has many choices
to make throughout the story. Ram who could have had anything in the world he wanted
made many poor choices. Ram was the cutest guy in the town; he had everything going
for him. Then he met the widow and her five children, and he also started hanging with
the youth armbands, these people lead to the downfall of Ram. The radio represented a
way for Ram to escape reality and when Ram didn't get it he had to deal with all the
negative choices he made. This is what hurt Ram because he had made so many negative
choices in throughout the story. The theme of this story is to be happy in whatever you do
and if your not you can always move to a new town and start over like Ram did.
In the shortstory, "Everything That Rises Must Converge," by Flanery O'Connor,
Julian learns there are more people in this world other than himself. The way he learns
this is by taking his over weight mother every Wednesday night to the Y so she could...
Once upon a time there was a girl named Belle. She lived in a magical kingdom, but was unaware of it, until her 13th birthday. She and her friend Sunny are to discover that there were more than flowers in a garden.
“Let’s hurry!” yelled Belle “We don’t have much time!”
“Ok, ok, I’m coming!” murmured Sunny groggily. It was 3 in the morning after all!
The two girls were heading to the Tulip Meadow. It all had started when they were having a sleepover at Sunny’s house. Then Belle had a dream that she had to go the meadow. She decided to drag Sunny along. Now they were on their way.
“Did I have to come…I’m tired” groaned Sunny. Belle was tired too, but decided not to admit it and yell at Sunny.
“Stop whining and move it!” Belle yelled.
Sunny yelled at her back. “Well it’s kind of hard to sprint when you’re half asleep!” Belle decided to stay quiet after that statement.
When the two girls had reached the meadow, they were in awe.
“Whoa…” Belle muttered. The meadow was alive in the middle of the night. It was glittery and it glowed like florescent lights in neon colors. It seemed so bright. Then all of a sudden a fairy, yes a fairy, flew up to the girls.
“Y-you’re a fairy?!” questioned Sunny in confusion, surprise, and astonishment. “You’re s-so”
“Glamorous? I know.” The fairy said bored voice, like she had heard that statement a million times before....
...A curious child asked his mother: “Mommy, why are some of your hairs turning grey?”
The mother tried to use this occasion to teach her child: “It is because of you, dear. Every bad action of yours will turn one of my hairs grey!”
The child replied innocently: “Now I know why grandmother has only grey hairs on her head.”
Wrong email address:
A couple going on vacation but his wife was on a business trip so he went to the destination first and his wife would meet him the next day.
When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email.
Unfortunately, when typing her address, he mistyped a letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife whose husband had passed away only the day before.
When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint.
At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:
Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
P.S. Sure is hot down here.
Will’s experience at the airport:
After his return from Rome, Will couldn’t find his luggage in the airport baggage area. He went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that his bags hadn’t shown up on the carousel.
She smiled and told him not to worry because they were trained professionals and he was in good hands.
Then she asked Will, “Has your plane...