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What Issues/Themes does the story 'Your Shoes' raise?

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Bryony Hughes 10RSW English Essay What Issues/Themes does the story 'Your Shoes' raise? During this essay, I am going to explain what issues are raised in the story 'Your Shoes'. Many different issues are raised throughout this piece of writing. To back up my opinion of issues that I believe are important, I will use relevant quotes taken from then text. The story 'Your Shoes' by Michelle Robertson is written in first person narrator, an example of that is as follows: 'I thought I knew you as well as I know this house.' This quote is the opening line so from the beginning it is clear that this piece of writing is written in first person narration. One of the main, key issues raised in 'Your Shoes' is the relationship between the mother and daughter. From the text, we can detect an unstable relationship between the mother and her child. From the evidence that we have it would appear that her mother and her past cause the flaw in their relationship. ...read more.

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It appears that the mother felt rejected and that her brother was favoured. She did not want the same thing to happen between her and her daughter so she tried to be as close as her daughter as possible. Her daughter's upbringing has definitely been influenced by her own. The daughter however seems reluctant for a successful relationship between her and her mother. The parental role is obviously very important to the parents, as they are trying to keep their daughter's behaviour under control. However in several situations, they contradict themselves: 'As a young girl I'd have been hit if I used such language as I've heard you used'. 'Your father didn't mean to call you a dirty slut'. Here they are criticising the daughters use of bad language. However when the father calls her a dirty slut, the mother simply makes excuses for him stating 'Its just a manner of speaking.' This would clearly frustrate the child. The parents are backing each other up and ganging up on the daughter, this could be emotionally damaging and could make her even more reluctant to be willing to make the effort to improve her relationship with her parents. ...read more.

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Throwing my presents back in my face.' There is so much evidence in that extracts proving that the mother wants her daughter to be like her and was disappointed that she was not. Mainly the underlined. When the new shoes were bought, it could signify a new beginning. 'They are perfect because they are new, they've never been worn.' This also tells us there have been problems between the mother and daughter. I think that the way the mother was brought up definitely influenced the way she brought up her own child, this was not necessarily a good thing. Her mother craved closeness between the two of them and did not want what happened between her and her mother to happen to them. Her childhood obviously affected her life and the way she brings up her daughter. She has not had much success in her relationship with her daughter and has tried to make her more like her and better behaved. This however did not succeed and she bought her new shoes to signify what I believe as a new beginning. ...read more.

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