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The Go-Between - Compare and contrast the way Ted and Marion treat Leo. What is your view of their behaviour?

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Sophia Lalani The Go-Between Compare and contrast the way Ted and Marion treat Leo. What is your view of their behaviour? Leo is a young, na�ve boy who, in my opinion, was taken advantage of by Marion and Ted. He is highly sensitive, and sees the world through the eyes of a schoolboy, rather than the adult world he becomes a part of. This leads to plenty of confusion for him as he interprets the adults' behaviour like a child. Like all children, he loves to be praised and is deeply hurt by harsh words and unkind comments. He has a great deal of trust in Marion and Ted which both of them abuse. ...read more.

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Over the course of the summer, Leo learns to trust her, which is then also abused. She has a hold over him, which he never manages to break, even as an old man, and I think she is very absorbed in herself and so doesn't realise the hurt and pain she causes. She appears to live in her own world, away from reality where she is the centre and everyone circles her. Although it seems that in her relationship with Ted she is the one who has most to lose, this is not true. Their relationship was discovered and it was Ted who lost his life whereas Marion managed to live a healthy, happy life. ...read more.

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With Ted, however, Leo's relationship is slightly more condescending and he likes the attention Ted gives him when he says he is from the Hall, unaware it was because of Marian. I think that as their relationship develops Ted changes his view of Leo. At first he is only interested in him because he can pass on his messages, but he gets to know Leo and starts to like him and think of him as a friend. He becomes almost like Leo's dad and Leo begins to ask him the many questions he has. Leo trusts Ted and feels he can talk to him more easily than anyone at the Hall. For example, he says that Ted wouldn't think anything bad about him if he cried. I think that Leo feels Ted is more genuine than Marian, . ...read more.

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