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1438 Words Apr 23rd, 2013 6 Pages
MODERN HAREM

To create joy and bring Sunshine into peoples everyday life, in a metropolis like London, seems only to be a satisfying act, but how do you know, what you do comforts others? Who tell you what is good and bad for others, and why do you listen to these people?
Anne Billson handles these questions in the short story Sunshine from 1993, through a 1st person narrator of the female main character, who is never named.
She arrives to London, snotty and frustrated by “…a gaping void within me, waiting to be filled.” (p. 80 l. 30-31) Even tough she “…earned lots of money …” (p. 80 l. 28-29), something was missing and she felt “… I was going places, but never seemed to arrive.” (p. 80 l. 30) But suddenly the story’s pivotal point,
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20-21) From this you can tell how Charlie manipulates the girls by telling them what is wrong and right. To stay in Corydon is far safer than London, because London is a hole that you fall into and slowly kills yourself in, according to Charlie, “But you could stay in Croydon, on the edge, and peer into it without falling.” (p. 81 l. 21-22). This is Charlie’s strategy to keep the girls with him. By frightening the girls he ensures they will not leave him, but stay “by their own free will”. Charlie is the main character’s way to happiness in her own life. She is no longer her own purpose, but determined to make him happy and laugh, due to the fact that she experienced him as the only thing that could make her happy. To bring sunshine in her own life, she must bring sunshine in his life, and to obtain this, she must bring sunshine in the pit of London, ””We live in an evil world,” he said, ”but it is up to u to try and make it a better place. It is our duty to spread a little sunshine through other people’s lives.”” (p. 82 l. 5-7) Even though they try to simulate a normal life in Corydon, there’s nothing normal about the way they live. Charlie sleeps in the biggest room and chooses one or two girls to sleep with in the night, while the others sleep in a smaller room together, but they don’t complain, only “Naomi was always complaining,” (p. 82 l. 17) Furthermore he tells them to wear black dresses because “Women who dressed in black stood more chance of being taking

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