• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A Kestrel For A Knave.

Extracts from this document...


A Kestrel For A Knave Billy doesn't exactly live in the land of luxury. He wakes to a grim bedroom and an unpleasant brother on the other side of the single bed, Billy and Jud share: "There were no curtains up. The window was a hard-edged block the colour of the night sky..." Already we see that his bedroom is so basic, that there are no curtains. In Billy's house there is no heating and so to get a bit of heat he has a fire, no central heating. The home is where a person should feel at ease and relaxed, but Billy can't enjoy this luxury because when he is at home his brother miss - treats him and his mother ignores him. As Billy's home isn't pleasant he spends a lot of his time out side. Billy needs to have two worlds because the real world in which he lives treats him extremely badly. Billy does not seem to have a good future ahead of him. ...read more.


"Would I heck, he is nowt you Jud." "Tha what! He�s t�cock o� t�estate, that�s all." "Who say�s? I bet I know somebody who could fight him." Then a fight broke out causing pretty much the whole playground to gather around the boys. As you can see Billy's school life also contains bullying, like the kind he receives off Jud. Billy ran at him. The gang scattered. McDowell took a step back, lifted one knee, and pushed Billy off with his foot. McDowell delivered a straight right, which caught Billy smack in the chest and bounced him back on his arse. Although Billy thinks everyone is against him, there is one teacher who likes him due to the Hawk. He helped Billy later on against McDowell, stopping Billy getting in to trouble. This teacher is called Mr Farthing. Mr Fathering can see Billy's talents and smartness, even though he isn't academically smart. As he knows this he encourages Billy to talk about it and finds out about Billy's Hawk and asks Billy if he can see it. ...read more.


Then he got some meat scraps for his Kestrel, Kes from "GEORGE BEAL FAMILY BUTCHER." Then Billy returns to school. Jud came to Billy's school looking for Billy and Billy knew why. Jud's horses had won! But there was no bet on them. Jud was coming to get Billy! As soon as Billy saw Jud from his classroom Billy went hiding. Jud couldn't find him anyway, the whole day. So, Jud went elsewhere! There isn't anywhere, apart from being on the field with Kes, that Billy feels safe. In his own home he has to dodge Jud because if he doesn't Jud will take his anger out on him. At school the teachers and pupils bully him because he isn't academically bright. The only person who compliments Billy is one of his teachers, Mr Fathering. He gets an incite to Billy's talents and compliments him on them. "Marvellous, Casper! Brilliant! That's one of the most exciting things I have ever seen" "You're an expert lad" These are the only compliments Billy gets in the book and they are on the field, the only part in Billy's environment that Billy can show his abilities. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Barry Hines section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

This essay has the wrong balance of narrative and analysis; there always needs to be more language, structure and form analysis than anything else. There is definitely an understanding of Billy and the life he leads but there needs to be more exploration of how the author represents Billy's life and issues in his writing.

3 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 08/05/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Barry Hines essays

  1. How does Barry Hines create sympathy for Billy Casper in 'A Kestrel for a ...

    Circus fair music is being played which makes his warm-up seem very funny. As the camera gets closer you can see that Sugden is full of his own self importance as he comes over as being real big headed. The next shot cuts to the changing room showing an over

  2. In a Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines, Hines effectively conveys the bleak ...

    "Creance?" "C-R-E-A-N-C-E" This shows that when Billy is interested in something he can learn about it and it suggests that he does have an ability to learn. His potential has never been nurtured by anyone. Another way Billy combats his deprivation is through the small amount of praise he receives from his teacher, Mr Farthing.

  1. Investigate the ways in which Barry Hines explores Billy's life in 'A Kestrel for ...

    Yet Billy was able to read a book on falconry and use the knowledge that he had learnt and put it all into teaching a falcon 'Its smashing! I've been reading it all afternoon; I'm nearly halfway through already'. If there was a GCSE in falconry Billy would have been

  2. A Kestral for a Hawk - How does the writer arouse the reader's sympathy ...

    will be able to see how the author, Barry Hines, arouses sympathy for Billy. Billy is always treated rudely and unjustly in his house.

  1. How do the various adults treat Billy Casper in "Kestrel for a Knave"?

    His games teacher Mr Syeogen is properly the nastiest towards Billy. He treats Billy as if he is dumb and picks on him with everything he dose. He tells Billy to keep out of trouble as if he was a criminal.

  2. How does Barry Hines create sympathy for Billy Casper? In a kestral for a ...

    is particularly polite but Jud speaks very rudely to Billy even when Billy is only trying to prevent him being late for work. This evokes empathy within the reader for Billy. This poor relationship is shown many times throughout the novel making us feel more sympathetic towards Billy.

  1. Kes. This story was set in 1968 in Barnsley. The key characters ...

    Mr.Sugden is Billy's PE teacher and is portrayed as a self obsessed person he cares more about himself than his students, he is impeccably dressed, wearing a violet tracksuit all clean and shining, he was displaying his badges and awards as if he was he best.

  2. Kes affected Billy's life in many ways, for good and for bad

    Another aspect of Billy achieving success, is when he - not the brightest of all people, takes a book (even though he stole it) and reads it thoroughly and applies the knowledge he gained from it, to real life, through the means of Kes.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work