A Gap of Sky

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Analysis and interpretation of “A gap of sky” by Anna Hope “A Gap of Sky” is a short story by Anna Hope. The story is about the young girl Ellie who lives in London and attend UCL. She lives a wild life with parties and drugs and therefore she cannot concentrate on her studies. She has not got anyone to hold on to and no parents to guide her. The city distracts her with all its options and temptations. There is always new and exciting things around the corner but you must focus on the important things and not choose to follow all your impulses – life is too short for that. The main themes in the story are developing and identity. Ellie finds out that it is important to keep up on her studies and take care of her body, by staying clean…show more content…
Then she sees “a gap of sky” – “something destroyed or being built” and then she wants to see the river. She knows that she must change her way of living. First she thinks that something is being destroyed, but then she realizes that she can build something new and better. She wants to go to the river and wash her feeling clean. That symbolizes that she wants to get clean from drugs. Anna Hope uses a 3rd person omniscient narrator. The story is written from Ellie’s point of view, we get to know her feelings and thoughts. The language is very modern and informal, which marks that it is Ellie’s point of view. The narrative technique can be described by the expression “stream of consciousness”. It can be a little confusing, because every thought that Ellie have is written down. The text is controlled by Ellie’s associations. Ellie is a distracted person who has trouble focusing, which this narrative technique demonstrates very well. The famous writer Virginia Wolf used this technique a lot in her work. The paper Ellie has to write is about one of Virginia Wolf’s texts. Anna Hope draws lines to Virginia Wolf in “A Gap of Sky”, not only with the narrative technique but also with Intertextuality. Anna Hopes text refers to Virginia Wolf’s text “Mrs. Dalloway”. The following quote shows both the “stream of consciousness” and the casual language: “Good plan. Good, this was good, fine. Coffee plunged, poured, slurped; hot,
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