Change in Perspective - "Sky High"

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Throughout life there will be many instances where a persons perspective is forced to change, whether it be brought about by maturity of time, the people we meet or the experiences in our life- good or bad. This is evident in Hannah Roberts’ story ‘Sky High’ which explores the transition from the innocence and imagination of childhood to an adult with less freedom and more responsibility and Eleanor Farjeon’s poem ‘It was long ago’, which captures an incident that occurred when the protagonist was around three years old. Roberts employs a range of language devices including 1st person narrative, colloquial language, metaphors, similes, hyperbole, low modality language and accumulation of imagery to illuminate this concept while Farjeon relies on the forms of poetry such as enjambment, onomatopoeia and the structure of the rhythm scheme to elucidate her protagonist’s change in perspective.

Time is a key element that results in the eventual ‘change in perspective’ this can be made visible through Farjeon’s poem “It was long ago”. The feature of past tense is effectively conveyed throughout the poem “It was long ago”. The composer utilizes this feature to implement the idea of the protagonist reminiscing on her pleasant childhood memories. This ultimately allows the responder to understand the life of the protagonist before her outlook on life altered. Life was simpler and was much more enjoyable for the protagonist. This is made evident through the uncomplicated structure of the poem; also the basic pronouns employed by the poet “grey” “red”; these pronouns are basic but have a deeper meaning they express the simplicities of ‘childhood’ and explore how a child perceives everything around them to be significant. The central character has grown and matured through time, it is made clear that everyday duties and responsibilities that have been thrust upon her has essentially developed her point of view on existence from a positive perception to a dull and depressing outlook on life.

Likewise the concept of time changing ones perspective is apparent in Robert’s short story “Sky-High”. The use of imagery helps to illustrate the central figure’s childhood as being “sky-high”. The composer uses hyperbole to stimulate the senses of the responder, so that they perceive them more intimately. By way of making the responders pause to give thought to their own childhood experiences. However we quickly learn that time has aged the protagonist “…life in scar and wrinkles…” Aging has been accompanied with the change in perspective; the protagonist no longer sees the world through the innocent eyes of a child, swinging of a washing line no longer seems as if “I am flying”. This change in perspective is made definite in the last line of the story “There are too many things tying me to the ground” this metaphor clearly exhibits that the protagonist is no longer a carefree child.

The experiences that one goes through in their existence on earth inevitably shapes the person and their outlook on life this is evident in Robert’s short story ‘Sky High’ The use of hyperbole “ultimate conquest” highlights that the experience of swinging off the clothes line is exceedingly significant in the protagonist’s childhood; this single experience has primarily lead to the central figure’s development. Although the protagonist has been shaped by the adversity of adulthood; we are lead to believe that the protagonist still wishes to live a carefree existence like she did earlier in her life “the inclination is still there”.

Similarly the notion of being shaped by our experiences is made evident in Farjeon’s poem “It was long ago” for the protagonist the experience of being invited to tea by an elderly woman has certainly shaped her existence; the use of the rhetorical question “Do you like bilberries and cream for tea?” Highlights the significance of this memory to the responders. We as the responder, can conclude that the protagonist now in her...
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