Analytical essay Alison Moore’s short story “Eastmouth”

Eksamenssæt STX 25. maj 2016 | Analytical essay Alison Moore’s short story “Eastmouth”

Titel: “Eastmouth”
Forfatter: Alison Moore
Udgivet i: “The Spectral Book of Horror Stories”
Genre: Novelle (Short story)
Udgivelsesår: 2014

Write an analytical essay (900-1200 words) in which you analyse and interpret Alison Moore's short story "Eastmouth".

Part of your essay must focus on characterisation and the use of point of view.

Like a fly in a spider’s web, we often feel trapped. Trapped in our daily lives, waiting for that one moment where we dare to break free. It can take years for many, and then suddenly in the blink of an eye you realize all of the things that you have missed out on. It takes a lot of courage to take control of your own life, and do what you truly want. It is not easy, but it is a necessity. A necessity that many fail to understand the importance of. In the short story “Eastmouth”, from 2014, Alison Moore tells the story of one of those people.

The beach reminds her of bad childhood memories(l.2-5), and she can’t stop thinking about the shrieking gulls that sounds like crying babies, “She finds the noise depressing”(l.69-71). Sonia is a girl, who loves adventures and exploring.

This contrast is also visible in what you would call: the transformation of Sonia. Peter’s mom and dad are the ones who try to convert Sonia and turn her into a true Eastmouth citizen. We see this in multiple steps.

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