Transformation In A Little Princess

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Imagery and Transformation in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “A Little Princess” The use of imagery in a story is a way to aid the readers’ imagination towards characters or events. In Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “A Little Princess”, the narrator starts by depicting a vivid description of the day when Sara and her father arrives in London by using particular words: “Once on a dark winter 's day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted and the shop windows blazed with gas as they do at night...” (Burnett 1) The word “dark”, “thick and heavy [fog]” aids our imagination to generate a visualized scene of a gloomy weather and ambience. It also means, of course, a “dark” day for Sara, for the reason that there eventually arrives the day when she has to leave her father for the purpose of departing to a boarding school. The story of a little girl who has been provided every pleasure she asks for as if she were a little princess is told through the point of view of a third-person omniscient narrator who seems to know everything in the story. The narrator can tell us queer imaginations that Sara has in her mind, when no one in the story can’t tell. Sara Crewe, the…show more content…
Another sort of Sara’s odd nature is also displayed “when the cab [drives] away from the door, [and] Sara [is] sitting on the floor of her sitting room” (Burnett 15). While his father has gone away leaving her, Sara is quietly staying in her own room, making the least particle of noise. Her current feeling that she doesn’t want anyone to disturb her by saying “I have locked [the door]” (Burnett 16) represents her tendency that she locks and keeps her memories with her father inside that room, in light of the fact that her sitting room is the place where her father talks to her for the last time before he leaves. She is not ready yet to confront the world outside without her beloved father and prefers “to be quiet by [herself]” (Burnett 16) in her own
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