When the Wasps Drowned

2774 WordsFeb 4, 201312 Pages
In ‘when the wasp drowned’ and ‘the darkness out there’ the theme of death is presented within the characters and the twisted storyline. A number of techniques such as symbolism, tone and narrative are used to portray these themes to the reader. In ‘when the wasps drowned’ Eveline is portrayed as being mature and protective over her siblings and more importantly the truth of the ring. In ‘the darkness out there’ Mrs Rutter is at first seen to be a typical old lady who has a dark secret. Within both stories there is a strong contrast of characterisation and the overall voice of the story which can create an impact on the reader in different ways, also in both stories there is a lot of similarities and contrasts of how this is presented. In…show more content…
Her maturity is also confirmed when she is shown to be “barefoot on the lino… washing up” which is something you’d expect from an adult not a pre-teen child. Eveline displays the characteristics of an adult especially when she on numerous occasions trying to take control for example she hoses the wasps off Therese in an instant also when she leads the children back to the garden; Eveline as a result is trying to take the role of her mother and trying to shield her sibling from anything that could harm them mentally and physically. In addition this could be the reason why Eveline doesn’t build up the murder and covers up the hole as she was in denial and still tries to keep her control with brushing away the ring to hide any evidence. Eveline is one minute shown to act too old for playing with the children and she fashions herself her own bikini (which is quite a mature item of clothing, maybe this could be to make her feel older) and the next she is shown to stop talking about the body and is in rejection as a result. Lastly a contrast to her mature self is that she needed confirmation when she found the body by asking for a torch this shows that she doesn’t have the amount of maturity needed to make her own judgement and follow her instincts Penelope Lively succeeds in illustrating a contrast in characterisation and voice in “The Darkness Out There” this is especially evident with the portrayal of Mrs Rutter. Her character is developed in
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