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Analysis of the short story 'Examination Day'.

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Examination Day Essay `This essay will discuss certain reaction to the story ?Examination day?, as well as reviewing the lifestyle and world Dickie lives in. The Jordan family are not rich but they are part of the working class society. The accommodation is quite small, they?re ?little apartment? is described in line 21: ?The boy ? wandered to that part of the living room which had been ?his? from infancy.? This shows that things have not changed in terms of housing since he was young and probably their wealth has not increased as much as they would have liked. In the ?little apartment? Mrs Jordan mentioned ?the Exam? which was why the tension was quite high in the room. ...read more.


The room was very dim which represents amount of information they know about the world and their current government. Also in Dickie?s eyes the room doesn?t look very inviting or welcoming even if it was an examination room. Although Dickie could not really see the ?gray-tunicked attendant? he knew that this was a very serious matter. The dimness of the room also shows the secretiveness of the government and how much they want their citizens to know. On the day of Dickie?s examination his parents? were very anxious to see whether or not their son was allowed to come home or not; there were ?? not speaking, not even speculating.? They were so apprehensive that when the phone rang they both tried to reach for it. ...read more.


This shows that the dictator is not as strong as he portrays himself to be. This shows that he is insecure and that if anyone clever was around he would probably crumble from having lack of authority. I think that the Jordan family live in a completely totalitarian world where they have no freedom to do what they like when they feel like it; unless they are in their own home. Their dictator is too worried about anyone overruling him; he feels the need to get rid all of the clever citizens to be secure in his position. This shows that this dictator is too unsecure to be head of the government. He needs to step aside and let someone else do the job properly. ...read more.

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