Can you be successful and happy at the same time? Is the main key to success self-promotion? Today you need to be a DJ, photographer or even gay, if you want to be successful, but what if these things are forced on you? Do you go insane if you suppress your past? Sometimes we care more about how other people see us, but are perfection and happiness the same thing?
We know through science how genetics can shape a personality, but that’s not the only factor in the complex of shaping a person for example heredity and environment. These are some of the subjects in the short story ,,Abduction” by Shelagh Delaney
”Abduction” was published in the Comma Press in 2002 and is about Ann, a successful pediatrician from Manchester, who moves to London because of work. Ann seems like a perfect outcome of the State Educational System. When she gets herself thoroughly established, she goes back to her childhood home to abduct her younger brother. Her brother is 16 and has just finished high school. She pushes him through college even though he doesn’t really want to. Ann is very dominant which is shown on page 3 “Soon he was enrolled in college doing media studies. He had no interest in media”. She spends all of her time making sure that he gets a good education and in the end a well paid job. To Ann, money is the main key to a perfect and happy life. The Brother marries Marianne and when they get pregnant, Ann reacts by advising them to get an abortion. She now intervenes in not only her brother’s life but in three individuals’ lives. Later on Marianne kicks the brother out of their house because he has built up an alcohol problem but still Ann is to perfect to accept her brother’s problem and takes him back with her again. After a while she does accept the fact that he has a problem and he starts getting sober. After a little more than a year of being sober he start thinking about starting over, having a new life and if that’s even possible. A few weeks later Ann finds him dead in the back yard under a tree with an open bottle of whisky.
The baker went batty! You just might be thinking this as you first read Raymond Carver s A Small, Good Thing. Carver s baker undergoes a dynamic change in his life. He is indifferent to other people leading to a lack of empathy and communication skills. He makes numerous strange phone calls not realizing the terrible effect it has on a couple experiencing the lost of a child or himself. They ...
Abduction begins in medias res, with the narrator commentating on some events which later makes the story. The narrator comment gives a bad impression of Ann ,, I ran trough every thriller I’ve ever read…I wouldn’t risk being executed..” page 1 top. The short story is written in two different types of narrators. In the beginning a first person narrator ,,I wanted to do her in”. 1. Page, And in the rest of the story third person narrator. The narrator is subjective in the beginning, which gives an inside view of Ann. The inside view is shown on page 1 line 17 “Being only a few years older I remembered those days too…”. The narrator must be a relative. Most likely an older brother. That would explain the reason why he wants to kill Ann because she was responsible for the death of their younger brother.
The story is one big flash back “…I remembered those days too…”
Ann is an example of a modern woman, who wants to be perfect. A modern independent city woman, with a perfect job and a perfect house. Ann’s view of happiness is way different then her younger brother. Just before he dies, he had happy thoughts and Ann wasn’t involved in any of his happy thoughts. “He’d remembered dancing with Marianne and how much he enjoyed it. He’d danced with his daughter to.” lower page 5. . Ann isn’t able to understand that her brother loves dancing and singing and sports and that he doesn’t care much for money, career and success.
That is something Ann would never be able to comprehend.
Ann loves her work as a paediatrician and she is good at it. She is very successful in all the ways she finds attracting. She has money, a house in Kensington and the life she always wanted.
Good night mom and dad; I'll see you in the morning, and I'm really sorry." Tiffany said as she trudged up the stairs. It was just a couple days before Christmas, and ever since Tiffany and Megan had goten out of school for Christmas break, Megan had spent every night with her boyfriend, Derrick. "I always have to be home by 10:00 no matter what. It's not fair; I'm 15 years old, I'm not a child ...
She seems possessive of the brother especially when he wants to find his own apartment. Like the woman in “Women in Love” “she wanted to have, to own, to control, to be dominant” ll. 8.
She thinks that she is superior to everyone. She even thinks that she knows how to raise Marianne’s and the brother’s child better then them. Ann might not be an evil person, because she only wants the best for his brother, but she provides him everything. Even the things he doesn’t need like alcohol. The brother becomes Ann’s human robot. Ann loves her brother, no doubt about it, but as in D.H. Lawrence’s “Women in love”, where the main character Birkin thinks of the woman he loves, a woman’s love can be crushing. Birkin loves Ursula, but he wants to be in a balanced relationship with her, but he feels that she wants to posses him and that there’s so much self-importance in her love. She wants to dominate, to own and to control him, not only loving him.
In reference to “Adler’s psychoanalytic ideas on development” the brother, the youngest one of the family, the “family baby” p. 3, l. 60 is from the beginning “spoiled and allowed to be immature and irresponsible” “Adler’s psychoanalytic ideas on development”, ll. 12-13. Ann as a middle child may have been overlooked which may explain her almost hostile attitude towards family in general. To get attention she has become the perfect daughter – materially at least – and expects the same of her brother however he can’t meet these expectations and eventually crumble under them coupled with the freedom he has.
In this story the brother was a victim of his environment. He would have turned out different if he didn’t move to London, and maybe Ann was like that because she was the middle child.
Humans should not live as robots. The free will is a part of what makes us human. If the brother had stood up for him self it would have turned out different. Take responsibility of you own life and decisions in the end it is your own fault.