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 a short story in which two characters are in conflict with one another. Describe this conflict and, by referring to appropriate techniques, explain how it is important to your understanding of the text as a whole.
This NAT 5 essay examines the conflict between the central characters Mrs Skelly and Nelson, where the main themes of neglect and loss of innocence are discussed. Quotations have been highlighted in blue for ease.