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COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE WAY THE POETS PRESENT DISFUNCTIONAL CHARCTERS IN 'HITCHER' BY SIMON ARMITAGE AND 'EDUCATION FOR LEISURE' BY CAROL ANN DUFFY In this essay I am going to compare how both 'The Hitcher' and 'Education For Leisure' present disfunctional characters. Firstly Both of these poems involve an element of violence, however Education for leisure strikes us the most as the narrator states in the first sentence 'Today I am going to kill' this is a very strong start and very different. Usually the first sentences of poems are cheerful and then they might gradually turn into something bad, but Duffy uses a high impact sentence which appeals strongly to your feelings, making you feel surprised or shocked. ...read more.


The speaker illustrates this when he says to himself in the second line "I have had enough of being ignored", so he decides to take out his anger on things that can't fight back just like a bully. The speaker's attitude to violence is that he doesn't even care when he kills, he does it because he is bored and has nothing else to do and he can just turn off and not feel guilty. The speaker likes the power and control whether it is a fly or a fish. Duffy portrays the teenage boy as very arrogant." I am a genius" and "I walk the two miles into town for signing on. They don't appreciate my autograph". ...read more.


To conclude I think the two poems Duffy and Armitage have written about violence to show that people often have been mistreated before they turn to violence and have reasons. But that is no excuse to turn to violence, there is no need for it not even if it will make you feel better. In "Education for Leisure" he is killing for sake of it because he is bored. However in "Hitcher" he appears to be mentally stressed which is why he was turned violent The poems have a big impact on you and put things into perspective that you are very lucky and don't have to resolve to violence to make you feel better. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kushal Sookarry 10AS Miss Wilson 1 07/05/2007 ...read more.

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