The three stories I have chosen to study are: Flight by Doris Lessing,

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The three stories I have chosen to study are: Flight by Doris Lessing,
Superman and Paula Browns New Snowsuit by Sylvia Plath and Chemistry by
Graham Swift. In these three stories the writers explores complex family relationships. Choose three stories, where the writers present difficult relationships between family members, compare and contrast these relationships. The three stories I have chosen to study are: ‘Flight’ by Doris
Lessing, ‘Superman and Paula Browns New Snowsuit’ by Sylvia Plath and
‘Chemistry’ by Graham Swift. In these three stories the writers explores complex family relationships, through a variety of techniques: imagery, mood and atmosphere, symbolism and structuring the stories to built up to a
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Chemistry by Graham Swift is one of the more complex narratives in the
Anthology. It begins with a widower living with his daughter, also widowed, and their son. His daughter starts a relationship with another man, and eventually this man quarrels with her father. He retreats to his garden shed where he spends time in his hobbies of chemical experiments and model making, and where his grandson joins him. The grandson dreams of his dead father. The old man swallows
Prussic acid, which kills him. After the funeral, the grandson thinks he sees his grandfather in a park where they had once sailed a motorized model boat.

Similarly to Lessing, Swift explores the theme of relationships, he explore the theme in many ways: different generations, loyal and betrayal, things don’t end, hidden and invisible things.

Superman and Paula Browns New Snowsuit by Sylvia Plath is, a very well chosen title – for the first part of the story is about Superman and the second about the snowsuit. But this also shows that the story begins with pleasant fantasy and ends in unpleasant reality. And there is no Superman to rescue the narrator – only Uncle Frank to help her accept what has happened. The story tells how the narrator (whose name never appears) plays games in which she makes up adventures for
Superman. Later she is invited to the birthday party of a wealthy spoilt child, Paula Brown. Paula is proud of her
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