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Consider Frayn's presentation of Mrs.Hayward so far The way Frayn presents Mrs.Hayward suggests that there is a lot of mystery surrounding her; is she a spy? Why does she go to the tunnel? Presented as one of the main characters in the novel, she is shown as concerned parent, a secretive woman, a suspicious German spy, and an intrusive character. Frayn presents these views of Mrs.Hayward in a number of different ways, such as by the choice of language used, the situations she involves herself with, and the timing of her appearances in the novel. Frayn uses these techniques to allow the reader to gather the evidence and decide upon their own opinion of Mrs.Hayward. It is clear throughout the novel that despite her being one of the main characters, whom the whole story revolves around, she is either known at Keith's mother or Mrs.Hayward and her first name is never revealed. Keith's mother is first introduced in chapter one, as a figment of the older Stephen's imagination, "She must be in her nineties now. Or dead", and is described to be "weeping" in front of the younger Stephen. Frayn decides to introduce her this way to show that back then she would have been an adult, and that she is a emotional character. The way he changes tenses and reveals the "weeping" before her introduction shows the dramatic effect of being introduced into his past, making it seem as though a solemn tone must be used to describe Mrs. ...read more.


her relationship with Keith is motherly in a way of feeding, and checking up on him, but she has secrets form him, and that her relationship with her husband is okay. When Mrs Hayward comes unexpectedly into the room, the boys deny doing anything wrong, and Stephen observes, "It's difficult to know what sort of look would be appropriate for talking to someone who we know has just had a secret rendezvous with a German courier. And when we mustn't let her know that we know." This shows that she is easily misinterpreted. We also find out that she is quite aware of the boys odd behavior and may start to expect something, showing that she is on the lookout, as if she has something to hide, "his mother's still watching us thoughtfully form the sitting-room doorway, almost as curious about our behavior as we are about hers". Chapter four reveals that Mrs. Hayward is unexpectedly pre-occupied, or involved in something serious, and Frayn shows this by Mrs. Hayward addressing Stephen the next time they see each other, which is very out of the ordinary. Stephen senses he senses sadness in her that he has not noticed before, and realises that life in the Hayward's' house is not what it seems, "...there must be even more unanswered questions hanging in the air at the Hayward's' house than there are at ours." ...read more.


Her activities only involved going to the post box or down the road to visit Auntie Dee. Frayn then contrasts this image, by Stephen noting how 'sad and stressful' she has become, and how her first reaction to the boys following her is one of quite amusement until she realises how much they are uncovering. She shows her desperation by hinting to Stephen that they should stop, by going out of her way in the boys' hideout, taking a bribe of chocolate biscuits with her. Stephen also compares her to his own mother in the novel, showing Keith's mother in a more glamorous light and overall appearance over his own, which adds to the air of mystery when Keith reveals she's a German spy. Frayn uses, as he does mostly throughout the book, Stephen to convey characters and events going on, and so uses Stephen to convey Mrs. Hayward to the reader. She is seen in two different lights; before she's a 'German spy' and after she is said to be a 'German spy'. Frayn uses this technique to show the contrast in her character; the light-hearted soft smiling Mrs. Hayward, and the serious, sad Keith's mother. The fact that he presents in her two different manners is quite intriguing, and it could be to show that there is actually something going on in Mrs. Hayward's life that has been unnoticed so far, or it could be because Frayn likes to show contrast in characters to make the novel move along. ...read more.

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