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 ...view middle of the document...
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 unnoticeable.
Further on it the text Gloria starts lying to customers on the phone. This however isn’t something that Gloria thinks much about, but it just shows how much low self-esteem she has and therefore she starts lying about her self and where she is calling from. However, one day she has a conversation with a possible costumer on the phone. The conversation gives her more confidence and she ended becoming the employee of the month. Right here Gloria’s life turned upside down, and she suddenly went to city wearing vibrant clothes and also took her co-workers with her. Even though people made fun of them, they had a blast and suddenly Gloria and her co-workers weren’t ashamed of themselves. They started to gain confidence and they were like new persons.
The ending of the text is really special. Gloria rang to a possible costumer, but when asked where she was calling from, she didn’t lie like she normally would, now she answered with pride and honesty that she was calling from Newcastle. Also, her weight isn’t bothering her anymore, this we can also see in the text “So what,” said Gloria. “I’m eighteen stone.”. Therefore, we see a big development in the Gloria’s character throughout the story.
However, many people in society today suffers from low self-esteem and maybe it can be tracked back the media. The media today puts a lot of pressure on people in general, especially the young people. They proclaim that the perfect body/healthy life, is the only way to happiness. Just like in “A place in the sun” where the perfect body is the only way obtain happiness in life. But “Calling from Newcastle” wants to depict, that being fat and ugly shouldn’t prevent you from having a good life filled with joy.