Adoration of the Mini.
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Critical Essay Past Paper 2003 Lewis Millen Adoration of the Mini In the following essay I will exam how in 'The Adoration of the Mini 'the author uses the theme of conflict to explore another side to the characters and how this arises. I will do this by using description of characters, key incidents and setting. Firstly, there are two main characters, the first being the daughter and the second being the father. The whole story revolves around the relationship between these two and develops from an early point that they have not been in contact for some time and there is a certain degree of resentment between the two. The daughter is still in her youth and seems to be made out of place when visiting her father at an old peoples hospital. When she first approaches her father and initialises a conversation, her father takes no notice to her being there. This shows how the author has established a sense of angst between the two.
But the daughter had a changing point in her younger life when all the knowledge she was researching became of no use or excitement to her and that is when she wanted to change her lifestyle and move away so she could start a new life. The author has linked the theme of family relations with conflict and shows this all the way through the story. He has written the story so that it talks of both the past and the present at the same time so that we know why the conflict arose and why the daughter is visiting her father at this point. This was a very smart way to show the relationship between the father and daughter and how it has progressed through the years. The first key incident I feel is when the daughter first starts conversation with the father and how he seems to grudge talking to her. When he enters the conversation he says something highly irrelative to the conversation: 'How do I look?'
It gives of a feeling that its only for old people. The daughter describes the place to have no young nurses which she felt was a shame because: '..it would be better if one or two of them had the expectancy and hope of youth ' This place seems to relate to the father coming to the end of his life and that is why the daughter is there visiting him to perhaps resolve the issues they had in past, which they don't do. The setting also shows an opposite way of life to what the daughter is leading. She is out living life to its fullest potential, but in the old peoples home, life has no potential anymore as everything is put into a routine and life becomes out of your hands as things are controlled by others. The author made this the setting so to show the generation gap even further between the father and daughter and it has worked very effectively. In conclusion 'the adoration of the mini' shows conflict between family members and has done this through the authors style and connection between family relations and how they differ through time. This short story has shown this theme very well.
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