Writing about a challenge
Journal entry #1

Literary analysis about A Child’s Christmas in Whales

Unlocking a child’s mind

A Deep Dive Into a Extraordinary Story



   “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

~ Albert Einstein


    A child's imagination is far greater than any story ever told; it is endless, yet as  real as life itself. Dylan Thomas writes A Childs Christmas in Whales as a young boy during the Christmas season. He uses his imagination to expand on things that is just a normal task. His writing style keeps the reader engaged and interested in the story, looking forward to what comes next. 

    Imagination allows people to expand and manipulate real life and make it palpable. Thomas uses his imagination to expand and improve normal things which makes the story exiting. Imagination lets us create what we want to see; it let’s create a new look on things.  In Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales the narrator, uses his imagination to make ordinary things extraordinary. Thomas writes:

 The wise cats never appeared... 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. [A Childs Christmas in Whales] 

A normal house cat is turned into a dangerous, challenging enemy that he is faced up against. His mindset completely changed his viewpoint of what was in front of him and he made it more exiting than it would have been. Imagination has endless possibilities to make; the road of your imagination can take you anywhere. The reason the reader is able to take a deep dive into Thomas’s imagination is because of the was he writes the story. 

    An untold story is one without great distinction from the rest. Dylan Thomas finds a way to make his story unique from the rest. Thomas is able to use the five sentence building techniques with no real plot to the story, because the techniques add the fastening of the reader to the story. A stand out sentence building techniques that is prominent to the reader, is his ability to use images with action. He enables the reader to take a deep dive into the story. 

Years and years ago, when I was a boy, when there were wolves in Wales, and birds the color of red-flannel petticoats whisked past the harp-shaped hills, when we sang and wallowed all night and day in caves that smelt like Sunday afternoons in damp front farmhouse parlors... [A Childs Christmas in Whales]

Thomas allows the reader to place in their head the story he is telling. You can imagine what birds, hills and the songs were like because of his ability to use images with action. Without images in action, or any of the sentence building techniques  there is no excitement within the story.

    In great stories the reader can feel apart of it. In Thomas’s story he uses the child’s imagination to create and shape the story into an exiting one. With unique stories comes unique strategy. 


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Niece job Ben. I really liked the deeper meaning behind your writing that the author uses a child’s perspective on the world as a means to write from. I also think you displayed great vocabulary and mature wording.

Owen O’Malley

Ben, I really liked your essay. The first sentence especially stood out to me. I got a good sense of what the story was about, and the semicolon caught my attention. It was a really nice sentence and it reflects through your whole essay. You were specific in how you said things and it made the whole thing clearer. The only problem was a couple spelling mistakes like Whales. Overall the essay was really well done.

Malcolm Clark

This is a really good essay Ben. Although you used the wrong “Wale” it’s amazing besides that. You did a good job expressing how the author used a child’s imagination to tell the story. Your first sentence is also a very good quote to start of the essay with.

Jack Moskwo

Ben, I really enjoyed reading your essay! My favorite part of your essay was your hook it was amazing and set a great tone for the essay! Throughout your essay your points of imagination letting us create what we want to see was very powerful, or how Dylan Thomas uses his imagination to make his story uniform the rest all added to your points of imagination in the essay! Great job this was beautifully crafted!


Ben! the title probably is the best title i have seen in people's essays. " Unlock a child's mind". Yes, unlock it is important for people, child is the future of the world. You have a good structure in this essay. I enjoyed in reading it! Well done!

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