We as humans go through a lot of different transitions in life, one of which is the transition from childhood into adulthood. This can be both confusing and worrying but also an exciting time.
Going through this transition comes with consequences such as physical and mental changes and these type of changes have to be done with care and patience.
But Julia, the main character of “Walk Don't Run” (2018) by Douglas Bruton, is very eager to become an adult as quickly as possible.
“Now she’s old, her fingers turned into knots in her shallow lap, folded there like the curled legs of dead spiders or like the clutched feet of dead birds.
And her skin dark, like old wood. (…) one of her eyes cloudy like the eye of a grilled fish.” (ll. 16-19). She compares her grandmother with dead animals, especially a dead fish, which is a reference to her grandmother's job from when she was around Julia's age (l. 1).
These comparisons to dead animals makes the grandmother sound like a disgusting and malformed figure but they also help us readers to analyse and illustrate the narrator's annoyance of having to take care of her grandmother.
In between all of these feelings she also feels some kind of frustration that her grandmother is no longer the loving and caring woman she used to be.
“I have to look after her some days. I should love her, but she’s old and never speaks, not like before when I was a child at her knee adrift in her stories. “ (l. 17-19)