Challenges Faced in Cell One by Chimamanda Adichie and Big World by Tim Winton

Topics: Father, Third World, Mother Pages: 4 (1298 words) Published: September 24, 2012
From the day we are born we are faced with challenges. Some may require more effort than others, which in turn acquire memorable achievements and goals. The challenge of coming to terms with the effects of our actions towards loved ones and our future as a result of selfishness is a key theme which has caught my eye through a few texts I have been introduced to this year. Such challenges are seen through the narrator's story in Big World by Tim Burton and Cell One by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Key comparisons made included the similarities shared by the main characters, and how they both evolve around a teenage boy who is somewhat lost and needs guidance from his parents or mother. I also discussed the similarity they share which makes them appear more fortunate than others they are involved with in society. I also contrasted the difference in where the stories are set and how this differentiates their backgrounds, and how the pair faced their different challenges.

Cell One and Big World are both similar in that the two short stories both evolve around the life of a teenage boy who rebels against his parents to get their attention because he thinks his parents are too busy to care about him. Who then turns the other cheek thinking he knows what's best for himself and his future. Their parents let them do what they want because they think that's what they want, when really they are desperate for their love, understanding and guidance. Nnamabia from Cell One knows that whenever he gets into trouble his parents are always there to cover him. But his parents aren't providing him with the love he longs for. He finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, which lands him into trouble far beyond his parents' control. This gets him second guessing his actions as well as his parents' authority but he also realizes that he doesn't have to go to desperate measures to get their attention or love. However, The Narrator in Big World lives with his mother who has...
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