Inland Beach
Margaret Creal leaves us with plenty to ponder about as her use of symbolism is
used to describe the strength and wisdom of women along with the miracle of
birth. Margaret Creal uses symbolism to link the fragility of birth to the
delicateness of life. Margaret Creal describes the scenery at the beginning to
illustrate what the surrounding beach looks like, however we can also see that
her description also resembles the miracle of birth. It is evident that the bay
as representing the "outside world" and the ocean as being still in the
women. "The bay empties through a narrow neck into the ocean"(153). This
description of the ocean and bay resembles how babies are brought into the
world. This description helps the theme of the story as it may not be possible
for all readers to figure it out but it is pretty interesting when found. When

Ben tries to get back in from the ocean to the bay he struggles and kicks
rhythmically. This is the same as birth in life as it is always difficult to get
the child out of the mother. " I said, I’m trying to come in, and I
can’t" (154). The author only allows us to see the story through the mothers
eyes so we can never completely get the full impact of what Ben feels as he is
fighting to get back in. This directly reflects what happens when babies are
thinking when they are brought into the world. The mood of the story changes
dramatically as the mother’s attitude changes rapidly as Ben is stuck in the
ocean. The mother is very happy when she gets to the beach as everything is in
order but she becomes very angry with Ben, as he does not listen to orders. She
is in fear as she finally discovers that Ben is moving further out and he
can’t come back in. She then feels pain in her stomach when she thinks that

Ben and she are going to die. In the end the mother is happier than ever as a
rope that has direct symbolism with an unbiblical cord, the lifeline of an
unborn child saves them. I really liked this short story as it is not quite
clear at first what the main focus or theme is. It was not until I read it a
couple of times to discover that the author life is a lot like birth. It also
gives a good description of what women have to go through to make the biggest
miracle on earth happen.