Friday, Jan. 30th, 2015
Excerpt from “Reminiscences of Childhood” Questions
1. Based on the imagery presented within the first two sentences of the excerpt, a competitive, playful and imaginative childhood is perceived. It is expressed that they “fought on sand hills with rough boys” and “dared each other to climb up the scaffolding of half-built houses”, evoking a sense of adventurous competition between the children. The “afternoon cinema matinees …the crowds in the streets…the park, inexhaustible and mysterious…” convey a hectic and lively environment, seemingly nonstop with commotion.
2. The statement, “The memories of childhood have no order” is significant to the author because it signifies that his childhood seems to possess its own worldliness, a whole different dimension that exists and dwells in the subconscious. As the memories of his childhood arise from deep within his mind, there is no specific sequence or order, emerging as it pleases.
3. The inclusion of direct speech within the literature leading to the impression of a slightly competitive, yet friendly childhood in the Welsh town. The children bickered over whose father was better based on materialistic success, “My father’s got a chauffeur… My father’s the richest man in the town” and bragging about fictitious claims, “My father owns the world”.
4. Dylan Thomas chooses to include “The metronome falls to the ground and stops” to signify a climatic twist in the literature, taking a tragic turn and as it develops into a more somber mood. It relates to what is preceded, as he claims he “can fly” and “the mistress at the piano screams”, building up to the climatic statement, “there is no more time”, linking the metronome and its purpose, signifying the end of life. He approaches death in an almost enlightening way, as he “fly over the trees and chimneys of my [his] town, over the dockyards…..”, reminiscing his most dominant memory; his childhood.