Literary Analysis of A child's Christmas in Wales
Imagination has the power to turn some of the most uninteresting things into a completely wonderful experience. In “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” the main character uses his impressive imagination to tell a superb story held together by an impressive armada of similes and metaphors with plenty of images and actions. I don’t think I have ever experienced a piece which can use this special combination of theme and writing techniques.
The imagination in this book was the main basis for the story. He described how the power of imagination can turn a common and not too eventful day into an adventure full of excitement. This created a vivid and unforgettable story out of a rather ordinary experience.
It was on the afternoon of the Christmas Eve, and I was in Mrs. Prothero's garden, waiting for cats, with her son Jim. It was snowing. It was always snowing at Christmas. December, in my memory, is white as Lapland, though there were no reindeers. But there were cats. Patient, cold and callous, our hands wrapped in socks, we waited to snowball the cats. Sleek and long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered, spitting and snarling, they would slink and sidle over the white back-garden walls, and the lynx-eyed hunters, Jim and I, fur-capped and moccasined trappers from Hudson Bay, off Mumbles Road, would hurl our deadly snowballs at the green of their eyes. The wise cats never appeared.
As you can see here the simple act of waiting for cats to throw snowballs at was changed into something completely different and all the more exciting. (see image at the top)
In this unique piece of literature, the use of similes and metaphors are so abundant and powerful you can not get through a paragraph without one. Without these a statement like this would not have the same distinctive meaning or power:
And the cold postman, with a rose on his button-nose, tingled down the tea-tray-slithered run of the chilly glinting hill. He went in his ice-bound boots like a man on fishmonger's slabs. He wagged his bag like a frozen camel's hump, dizzily turned the corner on one foot, and, by God, he was gone.”
In addition, these allowed me (the reader) the fully understand the message and scene he is describing.
But not only did he use similes and metaphors to describe this superb story. He used the images and actions technique so well that it had a major impact on practically every element of the story.
Bags of moist and many-colored jelly babies and a folded flag and a false nose and a tram-conductor's cap and a machine that punched tickets and rang a bell; never a catapult; once, by mistake that no one could explain, a little hatchet; and a celluloid duck that made, when you pressed it, a most unducklike sound, a mewing moo that an ambitious cat might make who wished to be a cow; and a painting book in which I could make the grass, the trees, the sea and the animals any colour I pleased, and still the dazzling sky-blue sheep are grazing in the red field under the rainbow-billed and pea-green birds.
As you can see here, he used descriptive words to describe every single item and paint a unique and detailed image in the readers head.
As you can see with the power of imagination combined with similes, metaphors and descriptive images can create a piece that will achieve massive success for centuries to come.