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Essay Of "Back To Front"

1005 words - 4 pages

Kristian Elten Kirkegaard PAGE 1 DATE \@ "dd-MM-yyyy" 14-04-2007
Essay of "Back to front"Nick is the main character of the short story called "Back to front". He is very unlike any other human being but only on the inside. All his inside organs are back to front, which means that they are situated in a whole other place of where they should be. But despite these circumstances he will still be capable of living a physically normal life.His mother Grace has always loved him from the day that he was born. Line 35 shows how much she cares about him. But after Grace has remarried her old boyfriend Thomas Siswele, Nick doesn't really get any kind of attention. Nick feels overlooked because his mother now is paying so much attention to Thomas. This quotation shows how Nick feels about Grace and Thomas' relationship: "You'd almost believe, Nick thought, standing in the doorway, unheeded, that he'd gone and written that paper himself, with all the fuss she makes over it" (line 58-59).The fact that Nick has always been treaded like someone special and that Grace has told him that he is special, causes that he gets a great desire to tell others how special he is. At school he is interested in anatomy because of his own body, but the other children don't like him, and they tease and later ignore him. The only thing Nick wants is to feel just like any other kid, and because no one is giving him attention and love, he begins to feel lonely and starts to lie about himself and the things he do. For instance he is turning himself in at the police station for crimes, which he hasn't done for an example shoplifting, car theft and arson. But the police find evidence, which doesn't lead them to Nick, it never does, and that's why they find out that he has been lying all the time. Nick is wasting their time, and then they begin to ignore him, just like his classmates does. Nick pretends being someone else to get attention, but he only succeeds for a short time.Grace is a pernickety mother and I know that's just the right word for my own mother, because she always wants to know, when I'll be at home and who I'm going out with. She even sends a message at my cell phone every time I'm out at night, just to hear if I'm okay.These quotations show how Grace acted as a pernickety mother right after the birth: "What's wrong?", "Tell me!" and "As Nick was carried from the delivery room, she struggled to count the number of his fingers and the number of his toes. Ten of each", (line 12, 14 and 21-22). Ever since this day she has counted his fingers and toes. But Grace's pernickety decreases after her new marriage.I think that she only utterly cares about Nick's outside, because when he was born, she was very afraid that something was...

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