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Short stories play an important role in literature being sometimes more expressive than any novel of a more considerable length Many people prefer them to novels they are usually not so complex as novels are there are only a few characters in them they are easier to follow and so on They are popular all over the world In this paper I would like to deal with short stories written by such great Canadian authors as Margaret Laurence and Sheila Watson Their works are well-known not only in the English speaking countries but also in other parts of the world Their books and other writings have been translated into several languages and receive attention and praise from many countries The first short story that I am now going to deal with is my favourite one out of the two that I have chosen to analyse It is The Rain Child written by Margaret Laurence It is a sad story about a black teenager Ruth Quansah who was born in England and who spent all her childhood there The main problem of this short-story is how to find ones identity when one is uprooted - torn out of the place where one belongs Although Ruths mother died when she was a baby her father did his best to give her everything she needed When she was 15 however Dr Quansah decided to return to Africa to his birthplace I think that it is only natural that Ruth has been deeply affected by England and that she considered herself an English girl rather than an African one She grew up in England she was educated there all of her friends were English - everything connected her with the UK So when she is taken to Eburaso she gets quite confused She cant speak Twi which is the mother tongue of all the other girls at her school Her father hasnt taught it to her he has always
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