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How has Robert Swindells made the reader sympathise with Link and the other homeless people?

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Introduction

How has Robert Swindells made the reader sympathise with Link and the other homeless people? The novel 'stone cold' is written by Robert Swindells. He feels sympathetic towards the poor and wants the future generations to learn from other peoples mistakes such as caring for everyone in the community, society. The following exportation of certain key points will easily indicate and give a clearer view of the way Swindells creates sympathy throughout the novel. Sympathy may easily be revealed using these points which will able me to answer the question as a full summery and get a clearer understanding of the novel than I previously knew. Swindells makes the reader sympathise with Link when he gets thrown out of his family house for example he states "It wasn't even his house but he locked the door and wouldn't let mum open it" this shows that he is weak and has become homeless due to other peoples actions and was forced to become homeless. He is shown as a young innocent person. ...read more.

Middle

The way in Swindells says it was a 'raw' morning shows that it was freezing cold and is set in the morning which is the coldest time of the day. Also homeless people cannot afford as many clothes as people with money so they would feel colder and would want to go indoors to get out of the coldness in the winter. Weather tends to indicate mood and emotion so they would feel more depressed and angry. The reader would sympathise with Link and the other homeless people because they might know how it feels to be in this situation and would refer it to Link and the other characters. The technique Swindells uses in this chapter is speech, plurals and long sentences. These techniques make the chapter more motive and shows the reader what's going on. The third way in which Swindells makes Link sympathetic is also through dangers of homelessness "Gizzit, if you don't want your face smacked in" This shows that it is very dangerous being all alone with a world of people you don't know and Link is very young and vulnerable and cannot fully stand up for himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

Swindells also shows that Link is all alone facing the problems of life as he grows up, furthermore he involves the reader into the book and makes them want to read more. Nevertheless, I think that this book was satisfactory but could have had some improvements. The good points about book was that it was very interesting and made you want to carry on reading and makes you feel extremely sympathetic towards Link. The bad points about 'stone cold' was that it was a bit obvious what would happen towards the end of the book because good always defeats bad. It has many themes and teaches the reader how it feels to be homeless. Homelessness is a major talking point in the world today and always will be. I have learnt that dramatic tension can be symbolized and shown in many different ways. There are one of the purpose of writing a novel as you get to read all these crucial points. This novel is a cyclical book and will probably never end. As you know towards the end, Link will probably have a lot more adventures throughout his life. ...read more.

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