Compare and Contrast Two Short Stories

Topics: Fiction, Style, Roald Dahl, Narrative, Narrator, Short story / Pages: 4 (975 words) / Published: Jan 15th, 2013
Compare and Contrast Two Short Stories--
Landlady by Roald Dahl and Chemistry by Graham Swift

There are lots of great short stories out there, but in my opinion, both ‘Chemistry’ by Graham Swift and ‘The Landlady’ by Roald Dahl are two of the most unique and effective stories. They share both similarities and differences throughout. Comparing and contrasting the way the authors use their inimitable writing style to achieve their intentions in the story will give us more idea how these stories are alike and distinct.

In a way, these two stories are similar because both the authors had carefully chosen the words they used in order to tell the relationship between characters. In ‘Chemistry’, the line “ Then one day--it must have been soon after Mother met Ralph-we watched the boat, on its first trip across the pond to Grandfather, suddenly become deeper, and deeper, and deeper in the water.” The metaphor and the word choice author uses in this line give readers more detailed and concrete ideas about what the relationship is like between the characters.

“The voyages were trouble-free.” tells the readers that the incident was a sudden shock, and it’s where characters’ relationship change, especially between mother and grandfather. The Boat represents mother’s love and faith in grandfather has sank and altered. This metaphor gives reader a stronger feeling about how mom has changed and makes the readers thought about the reason why Ralph is so important to her that she can even break the ‘equilibrium’ between them. In my opinion, I think the reason why she abandoned her father is because she ‘really want to stick by Ralph’, she needed the affection and accompany from him and she doesn’t want to loose her beloved again. The repetition of the word ‘deeper’ also emphasize how she’s already made up her mind to abandoned her father and be with

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