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

Critical Essay - "By any other name" by John Lavin

Extracts from this document...


William Gibb Critical Essay - "By any other name" by John Lavin In the short story "By any other name" written by John Lavin, the theme of relationships is developed throughout the story by Lavin's choice of language and descriptive writing. By looking at Lavin's chosen setting and characterisation in the story, I will examine the theme of relationships. The story is set in the slums of Glasgow around the 1930's is about a boy called Peter and his fight for survival with his parents in very poor conditions. To examine the theme of relationships it is important to examine the setting of the story. The setting Lavin created and how they get on with each other affect the characters. ...read more.


It also gives the reader the shock factor. I also feel that it puts a very hard strain of the family has they have to live in such horrible conditions. Peter does not get on very well with his father and they don't have a very good relationship with each other. "He was always drunk just as I was always hungry" This shows that Peter's father spent all the family's money on drink and since they had no money they could not afford to put no food on the table. I also feel this shows that Peter had no respect for his father and also resented that his dad spent all the money. ...read more.


"My mother had the loveliest hair I ever saw" I feel this shows that Peter shows a lot of affection for his mother and that he loves her dearly. He also I think admires her for putting up with his father and the terrible living conditions that they had to endure. "Grey autumn day" I feel that his sets the tone for his mother's death as she died from TB. I also think that his conveys very well how Peter feels, as he is now all alone as he does not get on with his father. Peter's parents did not have a very good relationship. "They seldom spoke" They did not have any real conversations. The short sentence I feel sums up and emphasize how poor their relationship was. I think John Lavin has done a great job of convey the theme of relationships between family members. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Shelagh Delaney 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 GCSE Shelagh Delaney essays

  1. Short Story Essay - Chemistry by Graham Swift

    Is this a way of the boys self conscious telling him that it's not Ralphs fault that things have been disturbed? Why does his mother "(wear), beneath everything, this look of relief, as if she had recovered from an illness" after Grandfathers death?

  2. Cal by Bernard Mac Laverty - Critical Evaluation

    He is caught up with the IRA (Irish Republican Party) and takes part in a number of crimes which he does not want to be part of. After he joined, he had to do what they asked, such as when Cal thinks of the things the IRA do: "They shoot

  1. What is the importance of setting in 'Endgame?'

    covered with a white sheet, as you would do with a body. This makes us think that Nagg and Nell are nearing the end of their lives and also suggests that maybe Hamm wants them dead so he gets Clov to cover them with a sheet.

  2. Are Lord And Lady Capulet Good Parents?

    After he wishes he drops the paw 'with a glance of disgust' convinced it had moved in his hand he says it "twisted like a snake" using a simile to create a strange imagery of evil things associated with bad things and bad deeds.

  1. How does Peter Medak create sympathy for Derek in Let Him Have it(TM)

    Despite his appearance Derek is shown in an extreme close up as vulnerable, unable to stand up for himself. Derek is excused from service and is deemed subnormal. At this stage Derek's self-worth is low and his parents talking about him makes matters worse.


    The word "staggered" stresses a sense of trouble. This is quite powerful because it is immediate and causes the reader to feel startled. The sentence as a whole allows readers to visualise the setting and confirms that the curator is in a museum; however the gallery of the museum was described as grand, indicating that the museum is

  1. English Essay - Lord of the Rings

    more violent, there is more loud drumming than calm violin strokes, this sets a Hunting type theme and the atmosphere becomes more intense. When the ring is shown, the camera focuses on it using a close up shot, the music is shown as calm but dramatic, this gives the impression that the ring is intimidating and overwhelming.

  2. Prose Study - How important is setting in Gulliver's Travels?

    These are incredibly strong words from such a kind king, which shows that he is very upset by the actions of a race that is so similar to his own. Swift makes Gulliver seem stupid in Lilliput, by making him endure his captivity, be afraid of the Lilliputians, and other

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