On Pale Green Walls Essay
B: Analysis and interpretation of ”On Pale Green Walls”
Word count: 969
Clare Wigfall’s short story”On Pale Green Walls” explores some of the most important aspects of growing up as a child. It explores concepts such as the curiosity of a child and the relationship between adult and child, the importance of there being a good understanding between the two, and the jealousy and misunderstandings that come as a result of a bad relationship. Life is harsh and full of disappointments, especially growing up as a child while being neglected by your parents. The mute protagonist of the story, Violet, is forced to realise this at a very early age. We follow Violet through this moment of realization.
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The Mother Mary is thus the symbol of the mother that Violet wants her own mother to be: attentive, kind and caring. Mother Mary is her motherly ideal. Meanwhile the baby Jesus is a symbol of Violet’s jealousy and an expression of all the things that she wants, but doesn’t have. The symbolism in the story is used to express the relationship between Violet and her mother.
This is greatly illustrated by the ending. After Violet destroys the picture of the baby Jesus her mother is disappointed in Violet, whereas she always became angry previously. “[...]”Violet!” sobbed my mother. “Violet!” Her voice was a thin wail.” After seeing the disappointment in her mother Violet realised at a tender age that her mother would never become the mother she wanted her to be. This epiphany made her