The Day the World Almost Came to an End

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The Stories ‘The Day the World Almost Came to an End’ and ‘The Man Of The House’ are stories about childhood experiences. With the aid of close reference to the text, compare and contrast: (a) The experiences of the major characters;

(b) The kinds of persons these characters are;
(c) One major social theme that each author appears to react to in the story;

‘The Day the World Almost Came to an End’ is a poem by Pearl Crayton. It’s about a twelve year old girl, who thought the world was coming to an end after one Friday evening her cousin Rena runs to tell that she better get some religion quick because the world was going to end on Saturday. She begins to believe Rena and so starts to worry, knowing herself to be a bona fide sinner. She soon started to really become scared and reacts rather frantically even after getting council from her very loved and respect father, who tells her not to worry but that the world can at end minute. She doesn’t react very well to this news. In the night, after hearing a noise, runs out in her night gown screaming thinking that this is the time the world is going to end. Her dad catches her in his arms on his way home from work. He tells her that it’s just an old airplane that made the sound so the world isn’t coming to an end. The author, Pearl Crayton, was born on a cotton plantation in Louisiana in 1932. Therefore, the airplane that the narrator heard could have been linked by the author, to a plane being tested before the Second World War. ‘The Man Of The House’ is a story written by Frank O’Connor and is set in Ireland. It revels childhood details concerning the author’s early life in County Cork. The title speaks for itself but it hides the detail of this “Man” being a ten year old boy. One morning after coming down to see his mother very sick, he decides to stay home from school and take care of her. So, he gets the fire started, gets her toast and tea. He even goes to get her some whiskey and a...
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