Growing up

Topics: Short story, Childhood, Violence Pages: 3 (945 words) Published: March 11, 2014
Growing Up – Violence
“Growing Up” is a short story written by Joyce Cary. The short story is about a father who comes home to his children and wife after a long work related vacation, but neither the children nor the wife is quite how he remembers them. The genre of this particular short story is realism, violence, development and or puberty. The aspect of realism in the short story is shown by how the children behave themselves. The children in the short story have gone through a development and or puberty in the past couple of years and now, Robert Quick the main character of the short story is beginning to notice. This development and realism aspect can be found in this paragraph:”Having reached this superior position she poked the plaster.” (Page 71. Line 28). This paragraph indicates that, the narrator and main characters daughter Jenny, has progressed, she is not just a child anymore. Jenny wants to be taking seriously and she has become a caretaker and more of an equal individual. The realism can be seen in the same paragraph because, for Jenny and for many other preteen girls this is how they will react to the situation at hand. That exact way of dealing with an issue does not seem unrealistic for a girl her age. Violence is also a genre in the short story. The violence in the short story makes the reader aware that Robert Quick’s children are not so innocent, sweet, childlike, naive, guiltless, uncomplicated, and straightforward as we are lead to believe that they are. The paragraph that expresses the loss of Quick’s daughters’ childish innocence is best presented by these lines:”Her face, close to his own, was that of a homicidal maniac.” (Page 68. Line 25). This behaviour is expressing something that Quick has never seen in his children before and he finds it frightening and wrong, but in the end he realise that it is just a step on the way to becoming a more accomplished individual and human being. The choice of genre in the short story makes the...
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