‘Getting Sent for’ | Summary and analysis | Noter

Analytical essay on Agnes Owens’ “Getting Sent For”

The short story “Getting Sent for” (2008) by Agnes Owens, depicts the point of view from a narrator.

The story starts in the Headmistress's office, where Mrs. Sharp is requested, for a conversation about her son's behavior.

Poor Mrs. Sharp takes the reader into a negative development of a person's way of being, through an argument about family and dignity.

The Headmistress and Mrs. Sharp's quarrel develops exaggerated throughout the short story, and the reader get a sense of who Mr. Sharp really is.


The short story “Getting Sent for”, which was written in 2008 by Agnes Owens, deals with the dilemma of social class, among to middle-aged women.

We meet the mother from the working-class, and the Headmistress from the upper-class, who experience life in two different ways and therefore start the argument about Mrs.

Sharps son George’s behavior. Which lead on to the story's main themes of social heritage and social class difference.

We know that the short story takes place in an office, at a school. We don't know the town and place, but we can guess that we are in a slightly older time, as being a working woman, is not necessarily the most popular thing.

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