Our Nicky's Heart

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Essay - Our Nicky’s Heart

You can live a great part of your life knowing that the world and your surroundings won’t drastically affect your way of living and your state of mind. The feeling of having everything in place in your life and the certainty of being able to deal with whatever might wait for you in the future. Some people will face minor challenges and some people will face major challenges in their life, and when that happens decisions have to be made. Decisions you make based on what you believe is the right thing to do. Consequently, decisions however won’t always be fulfilling because the outcome of whatever you choose to do won’t always positively affect yourself. The short story “Our Nicky’s Heart” written by Graham Swift, depicts how a family is forced into a tough situation where the magnitude of the decision they have to make is almost beyond themselves. The story revolves around the themes death and technology - how technology is used as sustenance.

We’re firstly introduced to a family consisting of a father whose name is Frank Randall, and his three sons Michael, Eddy and Mark. The father earns a living by having a farming business and believes that his three sons are a good investment for it. Frank has a wife whose name we don’t know, nevertheless we do know that she urgently wants to give birth to a fourth child namely a girl. “But she could have done with a daughter to leaven the male dough” (Page 105, lines: 13-14). She becomes pregnant and secretly names the baby Sally. However the baby turns out to be a boy and is named Nicky. Mark who is presumably the the brighter kid in the family “Mark, the ‘clever one, the renegade - or the one with ambition and sense’”(Page: 106, lines: 11-12) is also the first-person narrator. Therefore, it’s through his eyes we experience the different events…...

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