By Harrison Bertos
“ Imagination can take you everywhere”
One's imagination is endless if you want it to be. In Jack Thomas’ short story, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, the narrator brings us through a child’s life at Christmas. Growing up in a Welsh seaside town was magical for the child, always snowy and full of adventure. Dylan Thomas is able to recall and evoke the feelings of being a child and experiencing the season with the sense of wonder that we all have felt. Dylan, throughout his childhood, uses his imagination to create scenes that seem way more interesting than they actually are. To create this, Thomas uses specific writing techniques using muscular verbs and good imagery to create a rich image for the reader. In Wales, it’s Christmas Eve, and Thomas is out with his friend Jim in Mrs. Pothero’s garden. Mrs. Pothero, Jim’s mom, screams for help and she exclaims “fire!”. The boys rush over to his mom like it’s a life or death situation. Thomas and Jim act like they are soldiers as if Mrs. Pothero is being attacked and they must save her life. Here is an example of great imagery:
“We were so still, Eskimo-footed arctic marksmen in the muffling silence of the eternal snows--eternal, ever since Wednesday--that we never heard Mrs. Prothero's first cry from her igloo at the bottom of the garden. Or, if we heard it at all, it was, to us, like the far-off challenge of our enemy and prey, the neighbor's polar cat. But soon the voice grew louder.” [Excerpt From A Child’s Christmas in Wales By Dylan Thomas]
Thomas uses his imagination in this scene to act like he is an “Eskimo footed Arctic marksmen” on a rescue mission. The regular scene that actually had occurred was just a small bit of smoke from the stove. Thomas made the story more intriguing by using a cat across the street to represent the enemy. This excited me to read more and learn what would happen next. Many times throughout the story, I was able to relate to Thomas’s writing as I felt that he was writing about me when I was a younger boy. I was exactly like Thomas, putting on a super man vest running around saving my dog from eating a small piece of chocolate.
Without attention to detail, you’ll never see the brighter day. In A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Thomas uses similes, metaphors and parallel structure to make his writing more lively and make the images more rich. In this sentence on the first page, Thomas talks about the Christmas’s in his life and uses different writing types to create a vivid image in the reader's mind.
“All the Christmas’s roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find.”
Dylan Thomas uses similes and correct punctuation to make this quote sound beautiful and exciting. In this quote, Dylan uses a simile “like a cold and headlong moon...,” This simile enriches the writing and helps the reader understand what the street is actually like. Dylan Thomas puts so much thought into this quote and makes the reader feel like he is on the street at the exact moment. Thomas also uses a metaphor right before this quote. It says “All Christmas’s roll down toward....”. This metaphor gives us an idea of how his Christmas’s has been. This quote is not only significant, but it is at the beginning of the book so right away Thomas is able to invite us right into his life story. This intruged me right away to want to read more. The different sentence techniques that Thomas used made his story powerful and interesting for the reader.
Throughout A Child’s Christmas in Wales, the theme of imagination appears several times. Dylan Thomas uses his imagination as a child to help the reader comprehend what’s going on so the reader was be invested to learn more. Peoples' imaginations are powerful, endless, and inspiring. Dylan used his imagination to use his great wrting techniques and exquisite words. Our imaginations lead us to special places, places we would otherwise never see.