Sample Answer (Step by Wicked Step)

Sample Question:

“Love is important in a family.”
How is this shown in the novel you have read? Support your answer with close reference to the text.

I choose the novel Step by Wicked Step written by Anne Fine. Love is important in a family. This is shown through Claudia, one of the characters in the novel (responding to the question).

First of all, it is clearly shown in the novel that Claudia loves her mother (stating point 1). She is loyal to her mother, and cares so much about her feelings especially after the divorce (elaborating point 1). For instance, she tries not to sound too happy when speaking to her father on the phone because she does not want to hurt her mother’s feelings. Besides, she also rejects Stella and refuses to enjoy her time with her father because she is loyal to her mother (giving examples to support point 1).

Apart from that, we can see that Claudia loves her father too (stating point 2). Even though her father has moved out of their house, leaving Claudia with her mother, they always keep in touch (elaborating point 2). For example, Claudia’s father would call her on the phone to talk to her. Besides, Claudia would sometimes spend time with her father on weekends as well as on special days like Boxing Day (giving examples to support point 2).

Last but not least, this novel also shows that love is important in a family, when Claudia is finally able to accept Stella as a step mother (stating point 3). Claudia is fair and sensible. She does not blame Stella for her parents’ divorce (elaborating point 3). At the dinner party, Claudia thinks that the guests are rude because they do not appreciate Stella’s hard work. She realizes that ignoring Stella would not help to solve the problem between her parents. Therefore, she tries to help Stella get accepted by showing off the green pyjamas that Stella has given to her, to the guests. This incident marks a new beginning in their relationship as a family (giving examples to support point 3).

In a nutshell, it is clearly shown in this novel that love is important in a family. Even though parents are separated, they have to make sure that the love between them and their children will last forever. 

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