A pleasent story about a Child’s Christmas Experience
“Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six...”
- Dylan Thomas
“Iron-flanked and bellowing he-hippos clanked and battered through the scudding snow toward us as we passed Mr. Daniel's house.” This quote represents the imaginative nature the story A Child’s Christmas in Whales by Dylan Thomas describes. All throughout the story the narrator’s imagination delivers interesting and vivid storylines; in addition, Thomas uses effective sentence building techniques with Smilies, Metaphors and robust verb usage. All of these factors result in an enjoyable story.
Imagination is the key to life. In A Child’s Christmas in Whales, the theme of imagination is strong and serves as the basis of the story. All throughout the story pieces of imagination are sprinkled in. By imagining different aspects of topics and other things we would usually have a concrete understanding in, it creates a vivid, interesting story for the reader. For example, when Jim, Dan, Jack, and the narrator are imagining hippos, it creates an interesting and amusing scene in the reader’s head. The mere though of hippos running in the street is entertaining, and it leads the reader wanting more.
“‘I bet people will think there's been hippos.’
‘What would you do if you saw a hippo coming down our street?’
‘I'd go like this, bang! I'd throw him over the railings and roll him down the hill and then I'd tickle him under the ear and he'd wag his tail.’
‘What would you do if you saw two hippos?’”
This theme of imagination is important to the piece of literature because it opens up a new gateway of possibilities for the reader. By stating something as odd as Hippos running down the street, it put a vivid and interesting image in the reader’s head. Also, it’s enticing. It brings life into a dull, dry story. The theme of imagination is important because it gives the reader an interesting idea to think about, and it provides endless possibilities for the reader.
Effective sentence building techniques enhances writing. In A Child’s Christmas in Whales, author Dylan Thomas incorporates the sentence building techniques beautifully throughout the story, leading to a more vivid story. The two main techniques he uses are Similes and Metaphors, and Muscular Verbs. All throughout the story he incorporates different Smilies and Metaphors, and it gives the reader the reader a more vivid image in their head. He uses effective and comprehensive verbs, resulting in a more detailed storyline. When the narrator is talking about the ally cats, he creates a vivid image in the reader’s head by incorporating effective Smilies and Metaphors. Also, there are solid verbs, creating a more detailed story.
“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 moccasins trappers from Hudson Bay, off Mumbles Road, would hurl our deadly snowballs at the green of their eyes. The wise cats never appeared.”
This quote shows how Smilies like, “Sleek and long as jaguars,” create a clear and vivid image in the reader’s head. It entices The reader and makes for an interesting storyline. Also verbs like “spitting, snarling, slink and sidle,” make the overall piece more detailed, and give the story more depth. Dylan Thomas uses these two sentence buildings techniques of Smilies and Metaphors and Muscular Verbs enhance the detail and substance of the piece, and make it more enjoyable to read.
A Childs Christmas in Whales is a delightful story because of smilie and metaphor usage and strong verb utilization.