Imagination and vivid language
"It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and i knocked my brother down and then we had tea"
In the short story, A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Dylan Thomas explores the power that imagination has on memory’s. He uses images and actions along with similes and metaphors to craft these scenes.
Imagination has the power to make you experience any emotion at any time. In the short story, A Child’s Christmas In Wales, the narrator brings the reader through a series of his Christmas memories. The narrators memory’s are all transformed over time by his imagination. This short story has the power to allow the reader to look back at his or her own memories. As the short story is winding down the narrator rememberers walking through the streets around Christmas time. He recalls walking around with his cousins, Jim, Dan and Jack, leaving huge footprints in the ground. The narrator wonders what people will think when they see these prints. This acts a Segway to another one of the narrators memories.
“And I remember that we went singing carols once, when there wasn't the shaving of a moon to light the flying streets.At the end of a long road was a drive that led to a large house, and we stumbled up the darkness of the drive that night, each one of us afraid, each one holding a stone in his hand in case, and all of us too brave to say a word.”
This story is easily related to by anyone. This story is about memory and what the imagination can do to these memories. Christmas is a time for joy and family. The author, Dylan Thomas, was able to capture this in such a way that makes the reader think on his or her own past. A Child’s Christmas In Wales is a collection of small memory’s that have altered over time. For most, Christmas is filled with transformed small memory’s. Thomas was able to create vivid images for the reader to experience and reflect on.
Writing can be used to create anything the author wants. Dylan Thomas uses images and actions alongside similes and metaphors to create vivid images. A Child’s Christmas In Whales is a series of memory’s from the perspective of a young boy. Since this short story has no real plot, Thomas constantly relies on his ability to create scenes with words. The techniques that Thomas uses to craft his sentences are made very clear from the beginning. First, he uses images and actions in order to paint a picture in the readers head of what is going on. Each image is described using strong verbs and descriptive adjectives. Thomas adds similes and metaphors to create even more vivid scenes.
“All the Christmases 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.”
Writing a story without a plot would be impossible for a non experienced writer. Without clear images alongside similes and metaphors, writing story with no real meaning does not work. In A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Thomas was able to use his imagination to create large images in the readers head. The way that Dylan Thomas took advantage of sentence building techniques allowed him to create a world famous story without a plot.
Dylan Thomas was able to use images and actions alongside similes and metaphors to create compelling scenes for the reader.