How Does An Individual's Relationship With Another Affect Their Journey To Discovery Essay

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How does an individual’s relationship with another affect their journey to discovery?
Comparative essay

Fictional literature enables readers to gain knowledge about the world, through transportation to alternate places and times, potentially resulting in a sense of enlightenment. This discovery may be catalysed by familial relationships or friendships, as demonstrated in a comparison of Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See and The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night Time [The Curious Incident] by Mark Haddon. Set in 19th century China where traditions dictate the country, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan exhibits an individual’s journey and how it is formed by their interpersonal relationships, similar to The Curious Incident, which
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Lisa See’s Snowflower and the Secret Fan along with The Curious Incident utilises the first person voice and stream of consciousness narrative structure to delineate the influences on an individual’s personal growth and discovery, particularly in relation to family and friends. While Snowflower and the Secret Fan accentuates the relationship between intimate friends, The Curious Incident explores the effect of a father relationship on a youth with a mental disorder. This is portrayed through their interaction at the police station, where the imagery “He held up his right hand and spread his fingers out in a fan. …Father wants to give me a hug, but I do not like hugging people so we do this instead, and it means that he loves me” denotes the understanding and affection a father holds for his son. The betrayal by a familial relation is as prominent as the relationship they hold, primarily seen in the uncovering of Christopher’s mother’s letters. Although Christopher expresses no emotion due to his shock, the repetition of ellipses in his father’s dialogue “I didn 't know what to say... I was in such a mess...” exhibits an apologetic and regretful tone to illustrate the crucial impact of a familial figure’s love or perfidy on a juvenile. In parallel with Snowflower and the …show more content…
In Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident, Christopher is struck with the discovery of his “dead” mother who was located in London most of his life. The betrayal of his relationship with his father results in his love being transmuted into fear, which is successfully conveyed when Christopher states, “dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies” indicating that dogs are a symbol of honesty. He later runs away from his father uttering with terror the repetition, “Father killed Wellington”, suggesting how Ed Boone had demolished the trust in their relationship. This is further emphasised by the utilisation of parataxis in “I had to get out of the house. Father had murdered Wellington. That meant he could murder me, because I couldn 't trust him…” to portray his trepidation. The accumulation of the letters sent from his mother along with the visual imagery of the name Christopher with “circles instead of dots over the letter i” signifies his unearthing of the existence of his mother. Both Snowflower and the Secret Fan and The Curious Incident presents the significance of the impact made by one on an individual and In the moment when Christopher identifies his mother, her love for him shines through the symbolic action of the fanned hands “And I was lying on the ground and Mother held up her right hand and spread her fingers out in a fan so that I could touch her

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