A Gap of Sky by Anna Hope

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A teenager’s full time job is to search for the many answers to all their questions. Search for the right thing to do, and the right thing to choose. To find out who you are and what you stand for. It is a part of the process of becoming a grown up. It may sound easy, but a lot of time it isn’t. In the short story ”A Gap of Sky” by Anne Hope, 2008, we meet Ellie. Ellie is walking around the streets of London when her mind starts to wander.

The short story is told from a third person narrator and from Ellie’s point of view. As the reader we only get into her mind, through her thoughts. The story is told with a consciousness technique that illustrates Ellie’s way of thinking. Her thoughts are full of swearwords, rhetorical questions and incoherence for example: “Fuck” , “Jesus” and “What really, was there to be reverent to? To whom? To what? To why? To God? To Mum? To Dad?” . This gives us an idea of how Ellie speaks, and how she is when she is doing drugs. Because her language is completely different in the end of the story. The way Anna Hope’s writing style is when she is on drugs is more jumpy than when she is clean: “Nice, now. Coffee. Swill out cafetiére, fill it. Computer. Is On. Fags… Student shop. She could always score some more, too; see if Jez is about. Good plan […] Anything else? Of course: printer, printer’s out of ink” . This makes the reader really confused about what she is actually talking about.

Ellie is a nineteen-year-old girl living in London city. The story starts out with her waking up at 16:29 to the “wrong dark”, by this she means that the sun is going down, instead going up – It is Monday, not Sunday. She remembers that she’s got an essay due for Tuesday morning, and starts to panic. First she is surprised about sleeping so long, but then she remembers what she did Saturday evening. She remembers drinking, taking K and doing coke. She gets back to the thought of the essay, and it reminds her that she ran out of ink. Here the...
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