Growing Up

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‘Growing Up’ by Joyce Cary (page 73) Joyce Cary – a man – was born in 1888 and died in 1957. This short story gives no hint of the adventurous and varied life of the writer himself. He was born in Northern Ireland and was educated at Oxford, before taking part in the Balkan War and then moving to Nigeria as a civil servant and a soldier. He was married with four sons. Although some of his novels and short stories reflect his experiences in Africa, he also wrote about art and politics. This short story looks at children and two of Cary’s novels were directly concerned with childhood. Themes Children and growing up is the central theme of this story, as it is with several of the other stories in the Anthology. However, the central character…show more content…
Ls. 92 – 106 describes the girls’ violent behaviour and wild appearance. They are aggressive and they frighten Robert Quick, because to defend himself he would have to hurt them. What is Cary’s message about the relationships of parents and children? What, in your opinion, is he saying about children here? On line 105 we see that they are now attacking him alongside the dog, they have turned into little wild animals. Ls. Ls 117- 119 comment on Robert Quick’s thoughts about his relationships with Kate and Jenny. He is frightened by their unexpected violent reactions to him that went beyond a game and finished so suddenly. L 129 says ‘she was playing the stern nurse’. The children’s aggression suddenly disappears and they become concerned for their father. Do you think this kind of role play is realistic? Decide what Joyce Cary is saying about children and their parents. Ls 141 - 146 show the girls adopting a different conformist role. They look like perfect daughters at their mother’s tea party. Is their behaviour in the garden more shocking because they are girls? Would it have been understandable for a boy to behave like this? What do you think Joyce Cary is saying about women/girls? These girls are both on the point of becoming adults and Robert Quick recognises that they are growing up. Ls- 151 – 152 mention a boy who has behaved in a delinquent manner by taking his

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