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Amanda Fry
Cindy Hanson
English 100, Semester 1
6 October 2009
Changes

Acknowledging Change can be portrayed from the four seasons through out a year, or just through a growing boy. In the short story “The Nursery” by Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, a mother and son, Beth and David, work together in Beth’s Nursery because the young boy was suspended from school for a horrific accident. During this time Beth gains back the only thing she seems to be pleased with and that is control. Ultimately, the story shows the relationship between Change and control. Lunstrum argues that David and the four seasons are symbols of change, seasons of the year are uncontrollable and through out the story the seasons show how her son David grows out of his mothers overpowering grip on him.

While fall and winter are seasons known for death that is what happened with David and a former school mate creating the accident. “In the fall, he wrestled for the team again… There’s been an accident, the coach kept repeating when he called Beth, You should come to the school…Explaining the situation, the school’s decision that he should be suspended for a while… I heard what you told him, I can keep him at home as long as need be… I run a business; he can help me. He’ll be better off here anyway.” (Pg. 35 /37) David had accidentally killed a school mate at wrestling practice and Beth took control of the situation by keeping him close to her creating his own death; solitude with his mother, in her Nursery where she easily dominates the surroundings of her business and everyone in it.

Spring is known for rebirth and a free start, during the spring in the nursery David starts to get along with Uri, a fellow worker, who is also part of Beth’s controlling environment, but not for long. “No smoking… your worried about the plants?...It’s open air out here…there’s just a rule.” (Pg.39) once spring had started Beth slowly lost her grip on the two men, “In February, the spring stock arrived...
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