Comparing 'Glow In The Beach And Up The Slide'
Everybody has hardships, whether it be physical or emotional. But everyone does not have the courage or strength to push through troubled times, and many people fall short. In the stories “Up the Slide” by Jack London and “Glow in the Dark” by Gary Paulsen, the main characters go through an ordeal, and manage to persevere. While Clay, the main character of “Up the Slide”, faces a physical hardship, the narrator of “Glow in the Dark” faces an emotional ordeal. The themes of the texts are similar in a way, but the mood of the story helps establish a clear, strong theme. Both authors use mood to show how the main characters go through ordeals and push past them, but while Jack London uses the mood to show Clay’s determination, Gary Paulsen uses the mood to show the fear of the narrator.
In the story “Up the Slide”, Jack London uses a mood of determination. Clay is determined to get to the pines, and he doesn’t give up. When it is hard for him, still he doesn’t give up, and finds new and improvised ways to get up there. At one time, he fell, “although he lay quiet for a couple of minutes to get back his nerve”, he got back up (London 317). In the end, he got to the pines, and sold the wood successfully, and profited from his troubles. Therefore, the mood helped determine the theme that if people persevere through a hard task, there will usually be a good outcome.
In the story “Glow in the Dark”, however, Gary Paulsen inserts a mood that is dark and foreboding. Throughout the…