Essay - Calling from Newcastle

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Calling from Newcastle

“Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with IN-SIGHT and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are acculated along the way.
We become each and every piece within the game called life!”

The quotation above defines some of choices the main character, Gloria, in the short story “Calling from Newcastle” must take in her life. The main character suffers with low self-esteem and is surrounded by people with the same condition. In order for Gloria to break out of her shell, she must make a move just like you’re bound to in a game of chess.

The short story “Calling from Newcastle” is written by the author Julia Darling and was published in Newcastle Stories, 2004. The story takes place in Newcastle were the main character Gloria is from Newcastle. Gloria is an eighteen-year-old girl and she has just completed school with the option of continuing her education by going to university. But Gloria isn’t very fond of the idea of going to university. The idea of sleeping in a narrow bed in a strange town doesn’t suit her and her values. Neither does she want to travel like most of her friends from school. She would much rather stay at home with her family because they know her and vice versa. Gloria is rather insecure about herself and therefore she chose the job at the call centre. The office building and job comforts her, as is says in the text “In the grey building no one knew what size you were”. However, there is one more important detail to why she chose the job at the call centre. Gloria contains as it is mentioned in the text “her voice was light as blancmange, and clear. It was the voice of a bright eighteen-year-old woman.”. Therefore, you can say that Gloria is a girl with a lot of self-confidence issues and therefore she opted to work in safe office, where she could be…...

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