People-Watching | Analytical essay | Julia Gray

Indledning
The short story “People-watching” which was published in 2014, is written by the British writer and author Julia Gray, who is a singer, songwriter, and author who has received a diploma in Children's Literature.

Her story “People-watching” interferes with themes such as loss, family, and grief, which is presented through the minds of two young “people-watchers”.

Uddrag
Kajsa thought that Paddington Station would be the perfect place for their assignment, and therefore most of the middle part of the story is happening at the station in the present time, while we also are presented for flashbacks and inner monologue through Paul's mind.

Paul experiences a hard time focusing on drawing people and continues to draw sketches of buildings and turning them into blank pages. “I can’t do this (...)I can’t, I can’t, I just can’t.”.

His frustration is very comprehensible, as he keeps on repeating his own words, and Kajsa seems to notice that something is wrong.

Through her curiosity, she manages to make Paul open, and awaken his painful memories regarding his sister, which all started at Paddington station.

Paddington Station is from Paul’s point of view a symbol for the loss of his sister, as this was the last time, he saw her. This can be seen on (ll.59-60) as the narrator clears out how “Paddington Station isn’t a place he thinks about much.”.

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