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Compare and contrast the ways in which Billy (in 'Kes') and Pip (in 'Great expectations') relate to adults. How does this affect their prospects and respective futures?

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Compare and contrast the ways in which Billy (in 'Kes') and Pip (in 'Great expectations') relate to adults. How does this affect their prospects and respective futures? By Andrew Baxter The ways that Billy and Pip relate to adults differs considerably. These two fictional characters both have similar characteristics. The titles of both the books give indications of this. The time scale between Great Expectations and A Kestrel for a knave is considerable this has the effect of how characters interacting with each other and especially with adults. This would also have a part to play in their future prospects such as jobs, where they would end up living etc. Both Billy and Pip relate to adults in a peculiar way, this is mainly due to both of their backgrounds. Both of the writers have chosen to focus on the stages of child hood. I think this is because he can describe and write in a more naive way. He can also show both the characters relationships towards adults. A Kestrel for a knave was published in 1968 and Great Expectations was published around 1861, this vast difference in time can affect how the characters react in the novels. We can tell these changes are present in the language used in either novel. ...read more.

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"...it's t' same every morning I'm gonna start hiding some at nights." (Billy talking about how he is going to hide food so that he can have some in the mornings) Billy's future prospects don't look too good but he looks like he would leave school at 16. This is because he doesn't have much of an education. Jud always teases him about working down the 'pit', this gives Billy some determination but I don't think It'll be enough. "...Another few weeks lad, an' tha'll be getting up wi' me."(Jud) Pip's family consists of Joe, Biddy and his sister Mrs Joe Gargery. Pip also has uncle pumblechock. Pip is a orphan and has been since his mother died at birth. The kind of relationship Pip has towards his family is quite shy. This is because he is always being subject to being told how grateful he should feel because his sister brought him up by hand. "...Who brought you up by hand...me." But there is the exception of Joe, he is a blacksmith and Pips sisters husband. Pip and Joe get on very well with each other. I think this is because Joe is quite childish and not very bright, but Pip feels secure when he is with Joe. ...read more.

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Mrs Joe is the equivalent of Jud for Billy. "...You should thank me for bringing you up by hand..." Mrs Joe's favourite way of gaining sympathy. When Pip was younger Pip thought of Mrs Haversham as very respectful and powerful but not to mention rich. "...She has gold plates and guard dogs." Once Pip has grown up has grown up he finds out the truth, that she's just a lonely old lady craving attention "...Your not my benefactor?" Once Pip found out that Mrs Haversham wasn't his benefactor, she had lied to him. Theres nothing behind Pips relationship with Esteller although she hated him Pip fell in love with her. Pip knew she was toying with his heart "...I don't have a heart..." but it didn't stop him. Pip reacted to Esteller in an affectionate way, this was because he loved her. Both Pip and Billy end up meeting some one during their lives in each novel. These people they meet in turn have changed the course of their future prospects greatly or not as much. For instance because of Pip meeting Magwitch in the graveyard he has been able to be brought up as a gentleman. Billy finding and owning a Kestrel hawk has helped him but not quite to the same effect. These things have happened because of the way the pair have been treated by adults and people around them. ...read more.

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