In “Searching for Summer” Joan Aiken uses details to portray the dark, negative, worldly mood and the happy, bright, and energetic mood of the different settings. The negativity surrounding the people of England, and the world, have drastically changed their whole lives and have made the world even harder to live in. A cloud of obscurity and anguish that was caused by war is blocking the rays of bliss and delight; however one couple is determined to find “a bit of sun” pg. 66 that will change their lives forever.
The people of England are depressed and disheartened from the sinful, shadowy way of the world. The world has changed that “all heavenly sideshows have been permanently withdrawn” pg.66, and shows that England’s people have no
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The cottage and Mrs. Hatching represent the faith and hope that people can and should have. They need to push through and be happy no matter what, to have a healthy, happy life. Tom and Lily had no hope as shown here: “The sun? Is it really the sun? Tom said almost doubtfully.” Pg. 72, Tom was very much surprised at the fact of this. Tom was determined for a while to find this “patch of sun”, but slowly grew less and less enthusiastic; this shows never to give up because you could be so close to your goal when you give up. It gives the mood of hope and satisfaction. It was just up to Lily and Tom to open their eyes and see the positivity that still is available to them, and the whole world. This patch of land beholds life and “blazing geraniums... Housed a dove of murmuring bees”, all because it has one simple thing: sun. It’s bright, heavenly, and beautiful and the whole world is missing out on it, when they could be enjoying summer also. The mood is cheerful, very natural and no darkness at all. “Look at the sky, out there between the geraniums, blue!” pg.72 is finally a hint of satisfaction and completeness, colorful, and bright. The geraniums and the blue sky are what Lily and Tom wanted more than anything, to see a glimpse of the real world, and it was finally there right in front of them. Life is a beautiful thing that can be harmed, changed, or destroyed. When changes like these happen you need to be one of those people like Mrs. Hatching who stay “chin-up”