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Father And Son

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Father and Son A short story in which the creation of realistic characters is the most important element is "Father and Son" by Bernard McLaverty. In this essay I will show how the author makes the characters seem real through plot structure, theme, setting, narrative stance and characterisation. McLaverty makes the characters realistic through plot structure. It does not follow the normal five part plot structure but instead is this father and son's everyday life. Their everyday life consists of the father being concerned about the safety of his son, planning on talking to his son but he never actually talks to him. The son does not want to talk to his father, gets involved in violence and wishes his father would "man up". In the end the son is shot at his front door. This is the father's last chance to put his arms around his son, as the son can no longer push him any further away. Another way the author makes the characters seem realistic is through themes. ...read more.

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This makes the characters seem realistic as this would happen between every late teenage boy and his father. McLaverty also makes the characters seem realistic through setting. This short story is set in Belfast in the recent past. This city lacked communication but made up for it in violence. This is a representation of the father and son's house. Their house is never properly described but what is said of the house suggests that it is uncomfortable, "lino" suggests that even the floor is uncomfortable. We know more about how the house sounds rather than what it looks like: "snap of a switch" This suggests it is so quiet in their house that you can even hear the switch clicking on the kettle. Setting makes the characters seem realistic as this is how real characters would have acted in Belfast in the recent past. The author also makes the characters seem realistic through narrative stance. In this story we are told what the characters actually feel which is a contrast to what they say to each other. ...read more.

Conclusion

His father thinks his son should get a haircut which is not normal for a father to say to his son, this is another reason he feels like is taking his mothers place. This makes the characters seem realistic as the son is keeping secrets from his father, which happens in almost every parent child relationship. At the end of the story the son gets shot at the front door. The father does not believe his son is dead, so talks to him, he believes this is his last chance to express his feelings for his son. Now his son can no longer push him any further away: "are you hurt?" This shows that the father does not want to believe that his son is dead, but only hurt, as his son is the only person that the father has got left. This makes the characters seem realistic as many people try not believe that bad things like this have happened. Overall, "Father and son" by Bernard McLaverty had a main element which is to make the characters seem realistic. He achieves this through successful use of plot structure, theme, setting, narrative stance and characterisation. ?? ?? ?? ?? Stuart Bonner 1121 words ...read more.

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