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Literary Analysis Christmas in Wales

A Wales Christmas

The Imagaination of a Child

AliJah Clark

Imagination
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
~Albert Einstein 

    

    Every Christmas, Dylan Thomas and his friends get their puffer fish hooded coats and explore their neighborhood to the highest extent. The stories that were told and the adventures that were embarked on in this story have one main theme and two main techniques that made the story great. The unifying/broad theme of the entire piece was imagination which was expressed very clearly in the story. The two main sentence building techniques that made this piece more magical than a unicorn were Images and Actions and Similes and Metaphors. It really makes you wonder, what actually happened during this memory and what was just a figure of Thomas’ imagination.

    When imagination takes over, there’s no stopping it. In this story, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, Dylan remembers the endless fun he and his friends, Jim and Dan, had during their childhood in Wales. The three allies live Christmas Day to the absolute fullest and make the most out of any little experience by exaggerating it as much as possible. Dylan Thomas makes it very clear that imagination can make any memory more exciting. It was the afternoon of Christmas Day and when Dylan Thomas and his friends run around the neighborhood. Seeing whiskered jaguars, fires, and dolphins, Dylan, Jim, and Dan live the greatest Christmas a child could ask for. Thomas wrote:


Bring out the tall tales now that we told by the fire as the gaslight bubbled like a diver. Ghosts whooed like owls in the long nights when I dared not look over my shoulder; animals lurked in the cubbyhole under the stairs and the gas meter ticked. And I remember that we went singing carols once, when there wasn't the shaving of a moon to light the flying streets.

    Imagination is so important in this piece of literature because it allows the reader to have a more vivid image of the memories Dylan Thomas has. The short story was detailed and profound but wouldn’t have been that way if it weren’t the endless sentence building techniques used in the story.
When imagery and stories come together, the possibilities are endless. In this short story, Dylan Thomas mainly uses two sentence buildings techniques that add a certain magic to the piece. The main building techniques used in this story are Imagery and Action and Similes and Metaphors. Imagery and Action and Similes and Metaphors made the entire story more alluring and compelling. The memories and imagination of Thomas came alive with the techniques that were used. He wrote:


Now we were snow-blind travelers lost on the north hills, and vast dewlapped dogs, with flasks round their necks, ambled and shambled up to us, baying "Excelsior.”

    These sentence buildings techniques are important to the piece of literature because they specify the experience to make it more relatable for the reader. The pictures the reader generate in their head is the most important thing when telling or reading a story. Thomas makes this task undoubtedly easier. When the reader of a story is able to paint a portrait of what their reading, the writer has done their best job.

    Maybe it doesn’t matter what actually took place on this Christmas Day in Wales, as long as it was lived to the fullest.


Power of Tradition

Power of Tradition

Traditions of A Generation

AliJah Clark

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“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”

~ Unknown

Stories come and go, but tradition is forever. Growing up, I was accustomed to regular and familiar practices. But it took me a while to recognize that these practices weren’t going anywhere when I grew up; that’s when I learned what tradition was all about. From waking up every Sunday to the smell of stew chicken and corn, to the late nights talking to my mom with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. We do things like this so habitually that we take it for granted and don’t realize that so many families don’t have these nice traditions to get to know each other better. Family, friends, even your own actions define who you are; and who you are slowly shapes the traditions you or a group of people have. This is because creating traditions is a natural makeup of our DNA as human beings. We may not realize it right away, but eventually, they become more clear to us. One of the traditions my family has is one that we’ve been doing ever since I can remember. On Christmas Eve, everybody, usually only my little brother and I, are allowed to open either one gift from under the tree, or open our stockings. We usually choose a gift that we think is a new video game which leads to us in front of a screen until a Christmas morning. Another tradition my crazy family has is visiting somewhere new during the summer. Whether it’s out of the country or in the next state over, we always make sure we explore the rest of the world in one way, shape, or form. These traditions have shaped the man I am today because I will most likely pass on these traditions to my kids in the future. Reflecting on them, it is easy to tell that the little things really matter in life, especially if you’re doing it with your family. When we can recognize and appreciate traditions, the meaning of life is revealed.