ESSAY ”Celia behind me”
The short story is about a group of girls, but it’s mainly about two of the girls; Celia and Elizabeth. The girls are about nine years old, but Celia has failed once, and is therefore one class behind the others. Celia is always following the other girls, on their way home from school. They hate it and don’t want to be with her, because she is a nerd. She is a diabetic, chubby and wears big glasses and that really makes her an easy victim.
”Celia behind me” was written by Isabel Huggan and published in 1984. It takes place when the first-person narrator, by the name Elizabeth, is a nine year-old girl. She describes her relationship to a diabetic girl, Celia, who she bullies like all her friends.
The narrator, Elizabeth is a chubby girl, who wears glasses. When she was younger she always sucked her thumb in public, so she got the nickname “Sucky”. A couple of times in our story she is called this, even though many years have passed by.
As children normally are, Elizabeth is a mainstreamer, who always struggles to keep her position in the crowd, among all her friends. Therefore, being friends with Celia is out of the question, as Celia is doomed to be unpopular and kept out in the cold, being the girl she is. As Elizabeth expresses it, as her mother tells her to be nice to Celia: “She is nobody special, she´s just a pain. She´s really dumb and she can´t do anything” . This line reflects why Celia has the lowest precision among the children - Because she is different from others, she is to be treated differently.
As I briefly mentioned above, Elizabeth’s mother demands that her daughter treats Celia with respect and care . Of course this puts Elizabeth in a difficult situation. She now fells the pressure from both her mother and the friends. How should she react and treat Celia? Her mother will spank her in front of everybody if she will not do as told and the group of friends will turn their back on her and see her as Celia’s...