• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Chateau Bougainvillaea is a compelling short story written by H.E. Bates.

Extracts from this document...


Chateaux Bougainvillea ?Chateau Bougainvillaea? is a compelling short story written by H.E. Bates. The story displays a character who is forced into a dilemma and her reaction to this dilemma deepens the readers understanding of the story as a whole. The story follows a young women named Louise Bowen who undergo?s a sense of dissatisfaction with her life following her engagement with Arthur Keller, this dissatisfaction puts Louise into the dilemma of what the future holds for their relationship. The theme of the story highlights Louise?s dilemma as to what the future holds with Arthur, Louise?s reaction deepens my reaction to the text. The main theme of the story is the growing sense of discontentment the central character Louise feels because of her relationship with her husband, Arthur. Whilst holidaying in France, the couple assumed that they be strengthening their relationship through the celebration of their engagement. ...read more.


I think that Bates? use of the theme of discontent is effective because as the plot unfolds, Louise?s discontent also grows. The characterisation of Louise Bowen and her reaction to the dilemma she is faced with deepens my understanding of the text. Louise as a person is very creative and she could be compared to a bougainvillaea, the flower is indigenous to France and due to its delicateness it can be crushed by its outer leaves. This is symbolic of Louise because her creativity could be crushed by Arthur?s predictability. After leaving her stable job as a teacher Louise hoped she could dedicated her life to Arthur: ? In England she was a school teacher, and there had been times when she felt that the pale green walls of the classroom had imprisoned her and that marriage, as it always did, would mean escape.? Initially Louise thought married life with Arthur would be exciting and spontaneous and would provide her with the freedom and the chance to show her creativity. ...read more.


The author gives the reader an insight to the predictable nature of Arthur at the restaurant: ? left-handedness ? In this incident Arthur finds the setting of the knives to be humorous, this clearly shows the predictability of Arthur because he is laughing at such a meaningless object thus causing Louise much frustration. Daily Arthur would repeat a phrase e.g. ?all right? Happy?? much to the irritation of his partner. Arthur?s occupation is symbolic to his predictable ways. Arthur earns his living as a draper?s assistant and his job relates to his beliefs because every metre of cloth has a value and so should everything in life. Furthermore, as part of his occupation all Arthur does is measure cloths - he does this on a daily basis, this could possibly be the explanation towards Arthur?s predictability. The author uses setting to emphasise the dilemma Louise is faced with regarding her future with Arthur.Bates uses setting to highlight the different aspects of Louise?s emotional state. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Authors section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Authors essays

  1. "This (novel) is a failure, and had to be, since it was written by ...

    not able to convey the "complexity of the experience and reality[A7]"[4] This then ties in with the idea of the 'Children's Crusade' and the schizophrenic manner of the Tralfamadore. It is said that after experiencing the Dresden bombing, Billy's way of "coping with the death and destruction" [2] was the creation of the Tralfamadorians.

  2. Comparison and commentary on themes in Treasure Island compared to Crescent Island

    "We could go home rich men Johnny," he told me. Andrew led me to a cave one the east side of the island, "if I remember correctly the treasure was buried underneath this pool", he explained to me that his ex-Captain, who is known as "The Red Death" hid it

  1. I was delighted to realise that what the ghost story depended on more than ...

    Arthur first sees Jennet, in a church. It could also show that her intentions are not pure, as in Gothic figures of evil are often placed in locations which are presumed to be safe, as it creates suspense. Churches are places which people go to, to relieve themselves of fear and sin.

  2. Describe the character of Lorna in muriel sparks short story, 'You should have seen ...

    The first thing she notices about anyone or any place is the cleanliness or wither they have a tidy appearance. Lorna's obsession for cleanliness gives us the first indication of her ignorance, although there are plenty of other examples. She is ignorant in both senses of the word, na�ve to the point of being rude.

  1. Snowdrops (short story) analysis

    He knows the boys by name (Edmund, Gerald, Bernard) but thinks of the girls collectively. He wants very much to see the snowdrops - whereas Edmund seems rather unconcerned (having seen some already). He observes many things but with limited understanding - so he does not know why his parents

  2. The Silver Metal Lover - short summary and review

    One significant difference between the myth and the novel is that Pygmalion in the novel is a girl instead of the novel, while Galatea is a male robot. Also, the male dominant idea in the myth disappeared. Instead, the author mainly concentrates on creating equal status between Jane and the robot.

  1. In her essay "Flight," Doris Lessing illustrates the story of an old man who ...

    ?his fingers curling like claws into his palm.? The golden-haired grand-daughter wrongfoots him by calling his bluff. Instantly realising he has gone too far, and that something precious has been destroyed between them, the old man relents for a second.

  2. The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys, foresees the aftermath of Napoleon life if ...

    But I?m a woman and a soldier?s wife. I know better than to poke my nose where it?s not wanted. Truchaut wasn?t one to talk, and I certainly wouldn?t have tried to worm information out of him. When he came home from Les Trois Boules looking worried, I wouldn?t have

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work