Comparing Swimming Lessons, No Great Mischief, and Flowers for Weddings and Funerals

Swimming Lessons, No Great Mischief, and Flowers for Weddings and Funerals

The passing of time is marked by changing seasons in both No Great Mischief and Swimming Lessons. Explain the significance of the changing seasons with two examples from each book (A).
In Swimming Lessons, the seasons are important, but the there are themes and tones which first set the stage in the story; the tone of the story is set up for a comparison of western society with Indian society. Having to pay the postman money to avoid the postman's "vengeance" ("it was so easy for them to destroy letters") paints a poor picture of India for the reader, and bus drivers "purposely braking and moving with big jerks ...

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the season of cold country casting its gloom on the Indian season of warmth? This is conjecture, but, there are always hidden truths in good literature.
Readers understand right away that the summer has a tremendous amount of significance to the central character (narrator) of the story. On the first page of the story, in the first paragraph, summer is symbolized by a new pair of swimming trunks. The season for learning how to swim is here. The season of summer has so many things to offer, "...its lovely outside" tells a story within a story.
Summer is the smile after the frown of winter, and a smile comes to a single man's face when he sees two women sunbathing in bikini bathing suits. The new summer season symbolized hope and growing up for a man, and when a male gets a sensual thrill just seeing women baking in the sun with scant clothing, it is the passage of time (winter to summer) that also suggests the rite of passage from being alone to manhood and yearning for ...

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mentions that first day of spring is colder than the first day of winter, a reader can see the grip of icy times has not let go easily. But, though the sentence started out with how "terrible" the winter had been, before the sentence is over, it ends with: "...but it's getting warmer now." And the next sentence brings hope to the mother and father reading the letter in faraway India: "Looks like it will be a nice warm summer."
The parents in this passage on page 232 have been given a weather report ("...and if it is a Canadian weather report I need from him, I can go with Nariman Hansotia from A Block to the Cawasji Framji Memorial Library and read all about it, there they get ...

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