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Abduction is a short story written by Shelagh Delaney. The story is about a woman named Ann who takes her much younger brother to London, where she lives, to live with her in her house.

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Abduction "Abduction" is a short story written by Shelagh Delaney. The story is in contact with subjects like family, hope and caring instinct. The story is about a woman named Ann who takes her much younger brother to London, where she lives, to live with her in her house. She is pampering him with her generous wealth and high hopes. On the whole, she acts as if he was her own child and takes on the role of a controlling but pampering mother. All of this gets serious consequences and the boy ends up dying of alcohol. The title refers to how Ann, in some how, abducted her brother from their both parents in Manchester without considering what would be the best for him. An unknown narrator, who is obviously a part of the universe of the story, tells the story. It is told in past tense, which means the story has already been occurred. The narrator has a subjective point of view and out of the text we can tell that she is very angry with Ann. The narrator even considers the consequences of killing her. The narrator uses spoken language and also uses a quite informal language and keeps sentences concrete and relatively simple. The story is illustrated as if it was seen from a distance, but even thought we get to know how her younger brother fells about the circumstances. ...read more.


How could anyone behave with such brutal insolence." Afterwards Ann becomes obsessed with her new niece. She throws her away with expensive gifts and thinks that she is more able to know what the child needs than it's own parents. The fact that she always thinks that she knows what is best (and therefore superior), is what makes Ann so selfish according to the parents. Even when her brother is discovered being an alcoholic, she refuses to believe that she, as a doctor, would not have observed it. Another example is when she takes the time to tell Marianne that she never considered her as a good mother and would not hesitate to tell the Social Services about her. When the brother has got married and has a daughter, his drinking problem ruins the family for him. It is a problem that certainly has been created by her way of raising him. It is also interesting that he regrets his decision to move to London with his sister in the end of the story. He realises that it was an unwise decision to move away from his parents and he wishes he could go back to the beginning of everything and start over again, except his choice of being married and having a baby. ...read more.


However, fiction does not need to be completely unreal. Real people, places or events can be involved. Non-fiction is developed as a fact. It is information, which the writer believes is true at the time of its work. Non-fiction always has to be truthful and is normally used in diaries, documentaries, biographies, newspaper articles etcetera. In "Adler's psychoanalytic ideas on development" Marcia Wehr uses it to describe the work of renowned psychologist Alfred Adler. You could say that fiction has the ability to cross into non-fiction but not the other way around. If a story written in fiction has non-fictional elements in it, it would still be a work of fiction, for an example the movie "Troy". But if a non-fictional work has elements of fiction, it would be considered as fiction. Fiction is much more popular in conditions where you can express ideas in the form of entertainment. It is much easier for a movie instructor to build on something non-fictional, where they can say that their movie is "based on a true story". This is more common than finding a true story absolutely perfect for the big screen. Non-fiction can also be used to express ideas though. An architect or inventor shows their ideas through their design and young girls write down their thoughts and feelings in a diary. So you can say that fiction just has much better potentials of being hilarious and entertaining Abduction 3.a ...read more.

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