How childhood experiences make the protagonist evolve in Doreen Banging’s short story “Green Stones”. The short story subject to study is “Green Stones”written by Doreen Banging, an Uganda writer. “Green Stones” relates the story of a whole Uganda family seen through the eyes of the youngest member of the family, Christine. Banging portrays through the protagonist how perspectives change as people evolve and grow up. “Green Stones” is related in first person, and as said before, the narrator is the main character, Christine.It is detectable by the language Christine uses that she tells her childhood experiences being an adult, and because she narrates the story in the past.
She uses an elaborated language full of detailed descriptions which help the readers to get involved with the story. The narrator skips parts of her childhood and relates the period which was most shocking for her as a child ,and made her evolve. As well, she tells facts of her recent life and a conversation with her mother as the story’s dГ©monument.As has already been stated the protagonist, Christine, goes through a great deal of experiences during the story, which make her evolve and change her vision about the relationship between her parents, and life in general.
When analyzing the plot readers find that there are mainly two turning points which cause those changes in Christine. The first crisis that Christine experienced is the argument her parents had in their bedroom.Before that dispute Christine described women Just as “nice, pleasant and sweet”, the protagonist also said that once she grow up she would wait at home for her husband: ” I wouldn’t go to work, like Mama did; instead I’d spend he whole day preparing my body, and wait patiently for my husband the president. ” Contrarily, after witnessing the quarrel Christine describes her mother as a woman “alive with anger and frustration. Not only her descriptions changed, but also the role plays she interpreted in front of her parents’ mirror.At first she performed a woman covered with Jewels, delighted with the presents all 2 her husband brought. After her parents’ argument she changed the whole performance, she acted like a powerful woman who faced her husband, and a husband who apologized and demanded his status as a man.
The other turning point in the story is the day when Christine found her father in his bedroom with the housewife. Even after their parents’ dispute, she saw her father as an authority, she did what she was told, and she said that when her father was not at home they feel freer.However after observing her father with the housewife she dared to disobey her father, what means she did not see him as an authority anymore. In the story are other elements of fiction, setting and symbols, which show how Christine evolve. The short story takes place in Entente, an Uganda city, into he house, it is her parent’s bedroom the one which is described with more detail. Christine described it as sacred as a cathedral, with its red curtains closed and full of treasures, “The rosy air was full of secrets”.
However the mystery that surrounded the bedroom vanished when somebody when the housewife was inside it or when the curtains were open. The bedroom is not only part of the setting, but an important symbol concerning the story, as it symbolizes the relationship between Christina’s parents. When the protagonist gives those descriptions reader realize that what appended into the bedroom when no body else could see it was different from what happened into public, when the curtains were open. Christine also said that her parents did not show affect in front of her or her sisters.The bedroom is also the setting of the two main turning points of the story, as it is where her parents behave in a way that will not be accepted by society. Another symbol, and the one which gives title to the short story, is her mother’s Jewels. When Christine narrates the story as a child, she described them as colorful and precious objects full of magic, he was utterly fascinated by them.
Those Jewels are, as the bedroom, a symbol about her parents’ relationship, and those symbols show how the vision about that relationship changed.When Christine came back home as an adult and saw the bedroom and the Jewels they were different as she remembered them, the room “was Just like any other”, “nice, 3 light, untidy’ and the Jewels “were smaller than they used to be” and devastated. Although Christina’s favorite Jewels ,the green stones, were still whole, they had lost all their magical essence. The story ends with the maturity of Christine, who is a totally different woman from what she expected as a child, different from her mother.This image of Christine as an adult represents how she finally evolved, and how different things were from what she though, or became from what she expected as a child. “Green Stones” portrays how a young girl became conscious about the world that surrounded her, going through difficult experiences ,and realizing that things are not always as they seem to be.
This short story shows the readers how childhood experiences shape our character and behavior ,and make us evolve.