Prose Coursework Essay
One of my favourite short stories is ‘The Birds’ by Daphne du Maurier. This story is set on a farm on the Cornish coast. The story is based on the main character, Nat Hocken and his wife, and their two children, Johnny and Jill. This is all set in the mid 1900s, at the start of December. It all starts on the 3rd of December. The birds were behaving in a strange manner. Their formations were abnormal, and they looked as if they were planning a liberation or attack. Nat notices all of these activities but does not pay any attention.
Later that night the birds started to attack the windows. Nat opened the window and lots of birds flew in and started to assault and harm him. Nat thought that it would be the end of the aggression attacks but he was wrong. Day after day the birds begin to attack more and more aggressively very often. Nat starts concluding that the weather definitely has a lot to do with the birds’ actions. He now realises that all the common children that he had formerly told to run home are probably0 dead. From now on Nats’ duty was to protect his family only.
When the birds finally broke into the children’s bedroom, Nat then began to pitch and hurl punches towards the birds. He then grabs one of the bed sheets and chucks it over the birds. Then he started to hurl a bed sheet around the room bouncing and hitting it off and into the walls until the birds were either severely injured or dead. Nat is very protective because he takes the risk of attack by boarding up the house and getting the supplies from the now deceased neighbours up the road. At the end they have realised that these sequences of events are happening all over the world.
Nat theorized on the millions of years of repressed feeling that the birds had towards the human race and other species on planet earth. After realising that the wireless has no unique or any predicament transmissions to the public or even the world about these attacks, the silence was tensile. Nat had now given up any hope of survival from these anarchists who which represented a race in the animal kingdom that we believed was harmless. My next story is ‘A message from the Pig-Man’ by John Wain. This story is set in early 1900s in what seems to be the city of London.
This story is about a young boy called Eric of around the age of six. His parents are separated and he lives with his Mum and her boyfriend, Donald. Eric always imagines that the Pig-Man is almost like a character from a horror story. When he first heard about the Pig-Man, he started to ponder what the Pig-Man would look like. He concentrates various prospectives about the image of the Pig-Man, “The Pig-Man’s bucket had a handle; so he must carry it in the ordinary way, in his hand-unless, of course, and he walked on all fours and carried it in his mouth.
But that wasn’t very likely, because if he walked on all fours what difference would there be between him and an ordinary pig? ” Eric is very imaginative in his quest to find out what the Pig-Man really is. He realises it is better to confront your problems he asks his mum why dad can’t live at home. When she can’t answer he gets angry and claims that he hates all adults. The main characters are Eric, Donald, Mum, Dad and the Pig – Man. In this story Eric is the pushy character.
He keeps considering his theories about the Pig – Man and is anxious to find out which one is correct. Donald has a small part in this story, but does get caught in the middle of one of Eric’s interferences where he asks his Mum why cant his Dad and Donald live together in the house. I believe that Donald must have felt very uncomfortable at that moment in time. The Pig – Man is the one at the centre of attention in this story. He causes Eric to behave in a ridiculous way but not for a child.
At the start the Pig – Man’s character is almost mysterious, as the adults do not tell us what his image is like; we only hear Eric’s knowledge of the Pig – Man that is at the minimum. Eric’s dad is the one who confuses Eric about buying the train set and then leaving which leads to Eric questioning why him and Donald can’t stay with Eric and his mum. The vernacular in this short story is evocative towards what perceptions you can have about someone or something when at a young age or unaware of the purpose or the appearance of an individual.
What is interesting about these two stories is that they deal with problems that the characters must face for themselves and overcome; one the boy doesn’t understand why the dad and the mum’s boyfriend (Donald) can’t live together and he doesn’t understand the term ‘Pig – Man’. And the other is that Nat doesn’t understand why the birds are attacking the Village and the world. He finds out when they time their attacks when he realises it had something to do with the tides.
University/College: University of California
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 10 July 2017