The thought of high windows summary
The Thought of High Windows by Lynne KositskyWhen trapped or frightened, Esther sees windows --- and flying out of them --- as her only salvation. Young, Jewish and on the run from the Nazis, Esther is one of a group of children who manage to flee Germany for Belgium and then France at the beginning of World War II.
Despite her perilous situation, she frets over her frumpy looks, is ridiculed by the popular girls and loves a boy who --- at the best of times --- treats her like a sister. As the war rages on and Esther bears witness to its horrors, her pain and isolation grow --- until only the highest windows bring the promise of release.
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The poem examines the new permissive society that flowered during the s. Here, the observation is clearly signposted in the first stanza: whenever the speaker sees a teenage couple he immediately speculates as to the free-and-easy attitude this young couple share towards sex, thanks to recent breakthroughs in contraception the pill had only just become widely available in the UK. Larkin envisions a new freedom for the younger generation, which he likens to going down a slide. Or is there something specific about the sexual revolution of the s counterculture? What should we make of this final stanza?
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Also on This Subject. The family moves to Belgium but still isn't safe. Eventually, Esther ends up in France, there the virtual prisoner of a group that is trying to keep a large number of children alive by hiding them in a draft barn. The book brilliantly weaves into Esther's story elements of the lives of people who were indeed shipped off to concentration camps: The children find out that they have little food and littler chance of escape. Esther scratches herself silly trying to combat head lice and has to have her head shaved. The title comes from Esther's propensity to jump out of windows as a way of escaping the world around her. She usually hurts herself doing so and ends up worse off than before.
Thank you! Superb, wrenching Holocaust fiction. Swirling through the story is her tumultuous, ever-changing relationship with mercurial peer Walter. Esther is plagued with guilt and self-hatred as well as terror of dying in the looming Holocaust. Kositsky deftly describes the twisted pains of war, genocide, and cruelty.