Janet Frame

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“Non-fiction texts allow readers to look at issues”
To what extent do you agree with this view?
Respond to this question with close reference to one or more non-fiction texts you have studied.

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 brother’s illness had caused some tension and issues in the household. Because of Frames brothers illness her mother paid more attention to him “mother… nursed him while we girls tried to survive on our own,” this shows us that frame grew up with hardship, tension, poverty, depression, and neglect. This is the reality of many families in those times, and there are still a few families living in these...
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