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At the bay response

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Introduction

At the bay is an exploration of how characters can be trapped by society's expectations. Respond critically to this statement. Draw evidence from the text to support your response. "At the Bay" is a story that talks about events that happen to the members of the Burnell family throughout the course of one day. The man of the family, Stanley, is a mostly self absorbed character. He feels as if everyone has to do his bidding. "Would you get me those shoes, mother? ...read more.

Middle

It shows how the women really feel about him by the way he left, as shown in this excerpt in the middle of page 11. "The worst of it was Stanley had to shout goodbye too, for the sake of appearances. Then he saw her turn, give a little skip and run back to the house. She was glad to be rid of him!" ... " 'He's gone!' Linda cried from her room:" ... "Gone!" (page 11) By how it says that it has been "The worst of it" made it seem like it was such a bad thing for Stanley to say goodbye. ...read more.

Conclusion

... " to celebrate the fact that they could do what they liked now. There was no man to disturb them; the whole perfect day was theirs." This whole paragraph clearly shows that with Stanley around, they were held back. They could not do "what they liked" whilst he was around. They are left to being trapped under his rule. Stanley also is trapped into the societal expectations placed upon him. He is forced to show his 'love' and care for the women "for the sake of appearances". ...read more.

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