This is a National 5 English B-grade critical essay that examines Bernard MacLavery’s short story ‘A Time To Dance’ in relation to the following question:
Choose a novel or a short story or a work of non-fiction that makes the reader think about an important theme or idea. By referring appropriate techniques, show how the writer makes the reader think about this theme or idea.
This NAT 5 essay examines the thematic loss of innocence and neglect that the central character Nelson experiences at the hands of his mother Mrs Skelly. Quotations have been highlighted in blue for ease.