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Analysis of "The problem with Oliver". The short story is about a girl named Fionnuala, whom goes to a local school, and she has a boyfriend named Oliver. She cant tell her mother about Oliver, because she believes that her mother wont let her see h

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The problem with Oliver The short story is about a girl named Fionnuala, whom goes to a local school, and she has a boyfriend named Oliver. She can't tell her mother about Oliver, because she believes that her mother won't let her see him, if see knew. Her mother is Irish, and therefore Fionnuala knows that she probably won't like the name "Oliver". She tells her mother, that she is going to practice with her orchestra, when she is in fact going to see Oliver. They have a leprechaun tree in their yard, that covers their entire house, and Fionnuala wants her mother to cut it, but her mother won't, because it's a hawthorn tree and Irish folklore believes that the fairies live in hawthorn trees, and that they will take a terrible revenge, if you damage their home. ...read more.

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and even though, the relationship between her and her mother isn't that good, she still listens to her mother's advice, and wonders if having sex with him is the right thing to do, because she knows that it's wrong to do it, just to do it, and not because you actually want to. But she thinks, that she is far too old not to have done it, so maybe she feels pressured to do it. She is very embarrassed of her mother, because she is so into all these Irish myths. And everyone at her school knows it, but because Oliver goes on a private school outside Southwold, she has to try and explain it to him. She is very mad about the tree in their yard; she thinks it's silly that her mother won't cut it, because she doesn't believe that her mother believes in fairies. ...read more.

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It also says in the text that the leprechaun tree stands in the middle of them, and creates a distance between them. Fionnuala is simply a teenager, who easily gets annoyed by her mother, and even more, when her mother is so into Irish folklore, because it embarrass her. The main theme in this story is the relationship between a mother and her daughter. In this story it shows that even when a mother and her daughter don't get along, her daughter still listens to her mother's advice. And that it isn't always true, what you think about your mother, she isn't as stupid as Fionnuala thinks. Fionnuala believes that her mother will never accept that she has a boyfriend, but in the end her mother is really fine with it, and Fionnuala sees that maybe there wasn't anything to worry about, and that her mom really is cooler than she thought. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mai-Britt Nygaard Rasmussen, 1.d Engelsk �rspr�ve 1 ...read more.

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