Searching For SUmmer

Topics: Personal life, Sun, Sky Pages: 3 (1011 words) Published: March 27, 2014
In “Searching for Summer” Joan Aiken uses details to portray the dark, negative, worldly mood and the happy, bright, and energetic mood of the different settings. The negativity surrounding the people of England, and the world, have drastically changed their whole lives and have made the world even harder to live in. A cloud of obscurity and anguish that was caused by war is blocking the rays of bliss and delight; however one couple is determined to find “a bit of sun” pg. 66 that will change their lives forever. The people of England are depressed and disheartened from the sinful, shadowy way of the world. The world has changed that “all heavenly sideshows have been permanently withdrawn” pg.66, and shows that England’s people have no hope, nothing to look forward to or nothing to be happy about. The mood portrayed in this particular quote summarizes the mood of England, or the world; very bittersweet, blunt, and dark. England has “no flicker or patch of sunshine to be seen anywhere in the grey, winter-ridden landscape” pg.68. Therefore the people have no flicker or patch of happiness to be seen anywhere in the world. England is currently in August when the grass is supposed to be lush and green and when family is supposed to be laughing and loving together, but England is going through the complete opposite because of the negativity surrounding the people’s trapped souls. “Whitish gray, day after day…the sky endlessly secretively brooded.” Pg. 66, no sign of change, the people of England have no sign of hope. This, unfortunately, is what the people have had to get used to living with, and have become used to being depressed and having a dark soul. The sky is permanently dark, and this symbolizes that the people are permanently dark. The few spurts of rays of sunshine coming up here and there represent the few people like Tom and Lily who are trying their hardest to remain happy and bright. The people have the choice to get out of this negative mindset, to...
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