Compass and Torch’ conveys the story of an unnamed young boy, archetypal of any young boy suffering similar situation, going on a male bonding camping trip with his reluctant and disaffect father, enthusiastic of rekindling a strong paternal relationship amongst them which was absent after the separation of his parents. The boy’s mother is together with a man named Jim (the only character named), who is assuring the place of his new ‘dad’. Throughout the story the relationships between the characters fluctuate, leaving the boy confused and infuriated. By the end of the story, it is apparent to the reader that the boy’s optimisms to re-construct the connection between him and his father is inevitable. On the ot...
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...a sense that the bond cannot be re-built. By losing his son and as he become an “expert” at this, it implies that he may still love the mother as he often blocks the pain. The ending of Anil is significant as it’s similar to the Compass and the torch, by means losing their sons. “Apaaa!” Anil cries this from the train as it pulls away and this shows desperation and how important Anil thought of his father even so he was afraid of him. Contrary, Anil’s father feels mutual about losing his son. Noor has does this by using repetition of the phrase “Only son”. The effect of this is to reinforce the idea that, as his only son, he is more valuable. In conclusion both texts accurately execute the passing of the relationships between the characters by uses a wide range of literacy techniques and powerful symbols to reveal deeper meaning and emotions within the relationships.
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