This is a National 5 English A-grade critical essay that examines Bernard MacLavery’s short story ‘A Time To Dance’ in relation to the following question:
Choose a novel or short story or work of non-fiction in which there is a character for whom you feel sympathy. By referring to appropriate techniques, explain how the writer makes you feel this way.
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.