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What is Dylan Thomas trying to accomplish in "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

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kristenmarieb... | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted November 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM via web

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What is Dylan Thomas trying to accomplish in "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 19, 2012 at 5:43 PM (Answer #1)

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One of the key purposes behind the writing of this amusing and nostalgic reminiscence of a child's christmas in rural Wales is surely to remember and commemorate the joy, magic and beauty of a particularly important festival in Welsh life as seen through the eyes of a child. The way in which the essay combines humour in its description of how the speaker spends his Christmas day and the kind of antics that he gets up to is obviously humorous, both for adults and children. It stresses the way in which role-playing is very important for people of all ages at such times of the year and also presents us with the thoughts and actions of a boy who is actualy very lonely and tries to gain the attention of adults and other peers around him.

Above all, however, it presents us with the power of nostalgia as it invites us all to look back on the kind of memories that shape special festivals in our own childhoods. Whether it be Christmas or another festival or time of the year, we piece together our childhood from such memories, and the magic and beauty of such moments is rarely forgotten. This then is a testament to the power of memory and its shaping influence in how we think of our past.

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