Abduction Essay

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One learns from one’s first mistake. Another suffers from the second. That can be the cruel reality of some people’s unsuccessful attempt to make up for their past failures. Ann, the main character of the short story Abduction written by Shelagh Delaney, seems to be free of this affliction with her rather successful career as a paediatrician. Her life in London would be the envy of many but there is more to it than meets the eye. We encounter a very unusual relationship between Ann and her younger brother. Their living together is normal; however, the way Ann brought him to live with her in London is noteworthy. She told their parents that she was taking him – 16 years old at the time - to live at her home; and simply did it without any sort of refusal. You would think that they would have objected in some way, but she was able to convince them. Yet, the odd part is how she treats her brother. She gives him allowance, she pays everything for him, she makes sure he is taken care of job-wise etc. She acts as if she was his mother and strangely enough, as the following line indicates “But he knew his sister expected something of him…” (p. 2, l. 51), he is responding as if he in fact is her son. This view is already put forth by his wife who directly asks him if she actually is his mother in disguise as a sister. Although his answer “I’ve often wondered about that,” he laughed. “But my brothers and eldest sister remember Mum being pregnant.” (p. 3, l. 84-85) obviously states the opposite there are still several clues which show us that his wife hit the nail on the head. First and foremost we are told in the early stages of the story about Ann’s youth and some of her former decisions: “She lived for her work. She only regretted that most people don’t have the sense to do what she’d done when she was a young woman and get themselves sterilised” (p. 1, l. 20-22)

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