Essay on "No Angel"

740 Words3 Pages
Essay on “No Angel” Marriage across religion can be a huge issue. This deeply depends on the devotion towards religion that the two families have. When one family feels negative emotions towards the marriage because of religion it can be very difficult for the other party to understand these concerns. A family which only likes their own religion or dislikes another can be troublesome to explain, especially if the disliking family is dead and she is willingly to stay inside the limits of the family. In “No Angel” by Bernie McGill from 2011 the protagonist luckily does not have to make this horrible decision. In particular by using supernatural elements and composition the story depicts the difficulties between marriage and religion. Though the determination of the families religions is rather doubtful to be precise, we know that the religion could be an issue but “[t]hey were far too middle class for religion to be an issue”(l. 42). This strongly suggests that they do not belong to the same religion. The name Thomas is Hebrew and is used in the Bible. This could mean that their family is Jewish but since Christianity originates from Judaism they could be Christians as well, but the fact that Annie's father calls him a “land grabber” implies that he is an immigrant and the father is against that. The obvious reason for this is the way someone killed his son Robbie. They beat him up and let him lie like “a bag of rubbish the binmen had forgotten to lift”(l. 64). To think such hateful thoughts against someone should be justified in some way which means he must have some proof that it was immigrants who did this to his Robbie. Another reason for disliking Thomas could be his similarities to Robbie. If the father did not like Robbie at all because of his complete opposite personality and the fact that Thomas resembles that, it could also be the reason for the
Open Document