Text 2: Whose face do you see?
A British short story by Melvin Burgess
A) The girl does not know who and what she is anymore. She cannot speak nor move all she can do is see and hear her own voice and the people, who are staring at her. The doctors are certain of that she will never recover again, because she has lost her memory. Against all odds, the girl slowly remembers the people, who keep looking into her eyes. They keep calling her Marianne, but she does not know this certain Marianne. By recovering mentally, the girl had a memory one day; those people were her parents and she was Marianne. Later she began to remember that the memory was true. She was Marianne, but she still could not move or speak. When the day came to take the tubes out, the father shows Marianne a mirror, and she sees it. By looking into a mirror, Marianne finds herself after being lost for a long time, and she began moving.
B) 'Whose face do you see?' is based on the short story by Melvin Burgess. It is about girl who lies in a coma and has lost her memory. The story is also about her family and the dilemma they face when the doctors tell them their daughter may never wake up again. In the analysis there will be emphasis on structure and themes, it will also contain setting and the significance of the title.
The short story is told through two narrators: Marianne and her mother, Julie. Throughout the mother’s version, she hopes that she someday might wake up from the coma again, but still she wants what is best for her daughter even though she lies in a coma. There for Marianne’s parents decided to take out Marianne’s tubes. All Marianne knows is that people are staring at her – some of them she cannot quite see, while others come up close to her and then they just stare at her or their reflections. Although Marianne’s version of her life, after she has lost her memory, is a bit different than her mothers, she still agrees to take out the tubes. She thinks that she has...