Analyse Techniques Used to Show Changes in the Main Characters or Individuals in the Text(S) You Have Studied and Why These Changes Were Important to the Text as a Whole.

Topics: Protagonist, Old age, Gerontology Pages: 2 (762 words) Published: May 10, 2013
Analyse techniques used to show changes in the main characters or individuals in the text(s) you have studied AND why these changes were important to the text as a whole. According to Confucius, old age “is a good and pleasant thing” but, in The Bath by Janet Frame, we see through changes in the main character Mrs. Harroway that for some this is not so. She is undergoing changes where she is gradually losing ability to do basis tasks, we are shown through the use of metaphor and contrast. The changes are important to the text as a whole because they convey the idea that old age can bring a loss of competence and hope for some, it is not always a pleasant period of life. One of the changes shown in Mrs. Harroway is how she views the bath, a metaphor is used to show part of this change. Taking a bath gradually becomes more daunting, something she would “dread” and put off, needing to talk herself into doing it, trying to convince herself that by “surprising her bad back and shoulder and her powerless wrists” she would be able to succeed in pulling herself out of the tub when she is done. The “slippery yellow stained rim seemed more like the edge of a cliff with a deep drop below into the sea” to Mrs. Harroway. In this metaphor the word ”now” tells us that it has not always seemed that way, it was once an easy, enjoyable task. “she did not often have the luxury of a bath:, it now only took place once a fortnight, showing how great the effort to take a bath had become. This change is important to the story as a whole because it shows the loss of ability that has come with old age for Mrs. Harroway, her competence decreasing over time. Frame shows how such a small amount of time can effect and change one’s health and ability. “She had to call in a neighbor to fetch a pot of jam from the top shelf of her cupboard where it had only been put a year ago: this shows just how quickly her difficulties are progressing. Not being able to do simple tasks, having to ask for...
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