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The message of the short story The Bottom Line and the Sharp End by Fay Weldone

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??????? ????????, ??. 1015. The message of the short story "The Bottom Line and the Sharp End". I would like to begin from the title, because it is very important for understanding the story. "The bottom line" means the main result of person's life, its outcome, which is achieved by a person. It is a peculiar conclusion, which is made by every person in the certain period of life. Also "The bottom line" symbolizes some bound that a person reaches and then understands that it is the end. He achieved something in the life, it does not matter if it is good or bad, but he did it, and nobody except God has a right to judge him. "The bottom line" is the sign of the end. "Everything finishes, that's the bottom line," - Avril says. She means that nothing lasts forever and everything has a limit. "The sharp end" has a different meaning. There is an explanation of its sense in "Contemporary British Stories": "The "sharp end" is the bows of ship (the front end) and it also used metaphorically to describe difficult and pioneering experience". ...read more.


Then Avril gets a part in a Whitehall Revue and has a blonde, back-combed bob. During the relationships with stage manager Avril has a black beehive that she has never liked. Finally, she has thin, wiry henna-and-grey curls. We can see that Avril's hair is shorter and it loses its outward appearance ever time until Avril becomes bold totally. "Nothing lasts, not even hair," - she says. This is "the sharp end". When Helen met Avril for the first time, she just finished her apprenticeship and she was poor and worked hard. Avril was a beautiful young woman wearing expensive clothes and looking great. Helen envied her. However, she didn't even imagine how difficult and full of ordeals Avril's life was. I think that there is an author's thought that we should not envy somebody's success because we never know at what cost he or she got it. Now all is the wrong way round. Helen is a successful businesswoman and Avril is just a singer in the night club. But we can see that Avril does not envy anyone. She does not think about pecuniary values at all. ...read more.


The author helps us to understand that the purport of life is not pecuniary values but spiritual and moral. And the greatest value that brings happiness is love. Message is expressed explicitly by the Avril's words that she says at the end of the story: "Nothing lasts, so you'd better have as much as you can, while you can. And in the end, there's only you and only them, and not what they think of you, but what you think of them". It is a message-answer because the author gives us a sufficiently clear idea that every person should enjoy life to the full, a person should experience all feelings in their catholicity, especially love because it is the most wonderful feeling. Nothing in this world lasts forever, and if you are afraid of risk, pain and failures, you will never learn love and happiness. There is a proverb: "If there were no clouds, we should not enjoy the sun". I think it suits this story. We perceive the life through both rises and falls, and it is love that gives us a taste of true life. "Love fills even senseless life with a meaning and even full of reasonable sense life loses its meaning without love." ...read more.

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