The persona describes her grandmother as tall and well-dressed with a kind smile . Her smile comes from her eyes . On her deathbed , she held the persona's small black hand in her big white hand . She was not afraid to leave the world .
The persona accepts that her grandmother has passed to the other world , as all grandmothers do . Grandmother , who was of a tall stature became small , hunched and forgetful .
The persona at age three had taken a photograph with grandmother . When she looks at the photograph , she feels grandmother's presence . To the persona , her grandmother is still very much alive and smiling at her .
As we start off with our life , we stand tall and confident . We make sure everything is carried out properly without a flaw . We approach every situation with a smile even as we offer encouragement to others and receive support in return . When faced with an inevitable situation , we face the inevitability bravely .
We can feel the onset of the inevitable as we look around and notice the signs of changes . We begin to lose our grip as things change beyond our control . We may even forget to do certain things . But , finally the situation is out of our hands and we have to let go .
But sometimes there may be a memento to remind us of what we used to be . The memento helps us to keep memories alive .
- close family ties
- grandmother-granddaughter relationship
- love and appreciation
- unwillingness to let of someone close
- value of photographs
- We must strive for close family relationships with our grandparents and parents .
- We should love and appreciate close family members while they are still alive .
- We must learn to let go of the dead .
- Keeping a memento like a photograph helps to keep memories alive .
- We must not dwell on the past too much .
Point of view
- first person point of view - the persona uses the words , 'my' and 'me'
- the persona gives her views and feelings of her grandmother
Language and Style
- language is easy to understand
- clear and descriptive
- style-simple and understanding
Tone and Mood
- appreciative and thankful
- thoughtful and loving
- sense of strong family ties
- alliteration : 'tall there' , 'hands holds'
- assonance : 'soup forgot to boil' , 'still living'
- symbol - the photograph : symbolise the close ties between the grandmother and persona and the persona's feeling of grandmother's presence
- contrast - 'straight-back' - 'hunched' is a comparison of how the grandmother looked when she was young compared to when she was old - 'white hand in black hand' is comparison of the persona and grandmother's skin colour
- imagery : 'straight-back , white broderie anglaise shirt , pleated skirt , flat shoes , grey bun' - creates the image of a prim and properly dressed person
- diction : 'back round and hunched' , 'crinkled smile' , 'still living' , 'breathing'
- figurative language
= metaphor - her sharp blue eyes look her own death in the eye
= personification - 'soup forgot to boil' : soup personified as a human who forgot to do something