Analysis: The Shining Mountain
Pangma-la’s father has named her after a mountain, that’s also called The Shining Mountain. She’s teased about her name in school, and her schoolmates are more interested in her father, who’s a famous mountaineer. He has big expectation to Pangma-la, and she feels like she’s failing. She decides that she will make him proud, and begins to practice in climbing mountains. Pangma-la and her father, goes to The Shining Mountain with the goal to reach the top. At the bottom at the mountain the meet some sherpa men, who wants to carry their bags, but they say no, and then the sherpas tells them, that now a wind will come and blow on them. They begin to climb the mountain, but Pangma-la has problems, so an old sherpa woman comes and offer her help. She comes four days in succession, and every time she takes something from her, and gives her swan downs instead. The last time she’s taking Pangma-la’s heart, and at the same time, her soul, and then the father, after a talk with the old sherpa woman, who is now the mountain goddess, realizes everything his daughter has done to make him proud, and then, first there, is the first time he shows human feelings.
The majority of the story takes place in Scotland, but they also travel to an Asian country. The story takes place sometime after 1927, where BBC, was launched, because the father is always in BBC news. I think the story can take place in both a real world, and also an imaginary world, because some of the things that happens, for example page 21 line 5, where she give away her heart, is unrealistic, but I still think that some people would believe in this so much that they thought it really happened. The social environment is in the home not really god for Pangma-la. I see that on page 19 line 1 where she oppresses her feelings. In the school Pangma-la is teased about her name and the schoolmates is more impressed of what her father is doing, than what Pangma-la...
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