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Compare and contrast the way in which Poverty is explored in The Pieces of Silver and The Red Ball

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Compare and contrast the way in which 'Poverty' is explored in 'The Pieces of Silver' and 'The Red Ball' The two short stories that I am writing about both illustrate the characteristic of poverty in their own styles. They demonstrate how poverty can control people's life and how it situates you into desolation. Poverty, being the main theme plays a large role in these stories; however despite this fact, they are both very different. In these two stories both of the parents of the two boys (Clement and Bolan) in these short stories have comparable stances towards poverty. In 'The pieces of silver' Clement's parents are poor but are living with it, they are not attempting to resolve the poverty. They are protective of their money and wish not to spend it unless necessary. This becomes very evident when Clement's father 'Ha ha' s in his face when Clement asks for three pence. This really puts into context the poverty that this family has, they cannot bear to offer a small sum of three pence to give to the retiring head of Clement's school. ...read more.


The resultant laughter portrayed the embarrassment in the boys. Therefore they were forced because of the big scene made by the acting head by how he literally through embarrassment onto them. Correspondingly in 'The Red Ball' Bolan is discomfited by his poverty. This is made palpable because when Bolan 'thought that the vendor was about to offer him a piece of black pudding for nothing, he moved to the back of the clique of boys'. This divulged that Bolan did not wish for any free products in front of his friend so that they would not even think that Bolan was poor; so they would not think that Bolan could not afford it at full cost. This shows us what Bolan really feels about poverty, that it is not a pleasant characteristic, something that they would both like to keep a secret. Furthermore in these two stories we see what dissimilar varieties of troubles poverty can convey. In 'The Pieces of Silver' Clement had, to a certain extent, to cope with troubles poverty brought. ...read more.


Moreover, in 'The Red Ball' this aspect of control is more unconcealed. It seems to literally clasp Bolan by the arms and tell him what to do. 'He is a thief...thief'. Poverty, or Bolan's hatred of poverty make him really try and hide it away, which links back to the factor of embarrassment. He ends up stealing his family's saving to show off in the eyes of his new found friends. It explains that poverty truly has this controlling ability as the characteristic of theft was not at all expected from Bolan, the boy left out at school and excluded from all. It has become as if he was controlled as you would control a remote controlled car. To conclude, poverty is not a very pleasant attribute to obtain. It is generally ostracized and can control a person or place the person in trouble. In these two stories, poverty is very comparable in ways, such as the feelings people have to it and what it does. However, it if quite different in other ways, for instance; how it controls you and the troubles it brings. ...read more.

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