The Day the World Almost Came to an End

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The Stories ‘The Day the World Almost Came to an End’ and ‘The Man Of The House’ are stories about childhood experiences. With the aid of close reference to the text, compare and contrast: (a) The experiences of the major characters; (b) The kinds of persons these characters are; (c) One major social theme that each author appears to react to in the story;

‘The Day the World Almost Came to an End’ is a poem by Pearl Crayton. It’s about a twelve year old girl, who thought the world was coming to an end after one Friday evening her cousin Rena runs to tell that she better get some religion quick because the world was going to end on Saturday. She begins to believe Rena and so starts to worry, knowing herself to be a bona
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She doesn’t do something about the situation at hand except run screaming in her night gown at night instead of ‘getting some religion’ like what Miss Daya told her to do. In ‘The Man Of The House’ the young boy does something about the fact that his mother may be sick with pneumonia. In contrast, he also listening to the knowledge of someone older than him, Miss Minnie Ryan, when she advises him to get his mother some whiskey mixed with lemon, though scared on reaching the public house, determined to cure his mom, he overcomes his fear and gets the whisky. Unlike the other speaker in ‘The Day The World Almost Came To An End’ who just embraces her fear and does absolutely nothing about it. Lastly, what is also contrasting are their ages. Though they are both children in the same age range, one would think that because the girl in ‘The Day The World Almost Came to An End’ is two years older than the other narrator that she would have the tinniest bit more sense than he, but this is in the end seen as futile since she acts like a mad woman in the end running out of her house in the night gown just because she heard a sound.
The experiences of these two speakers are contrasting, but so are the kind of persons these speakers are. The ten year old boy in ‘The Man Of the House’ is more mentally mature than the girl in ‘The Day the World Almost Came to An End.’ The boy, as the title suggests, takes on

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