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

Compare the ways in which Mrs. Casper, Mr. Sugden and Mr. Farthing Treat Billy.

Extracts from this document...


Compare the ways in which Mrs. Casper, Mr. Sugden and Mr. Farthing Treat Billy! I am going to compare how these three characters, Mrs. Casper, Mr.Sugden and Mr. Farthing treat Billy, a 14 year old boy, living up north in a rough school and he has quite a hard time. Mrs. Casper, who is Billy's mother, has no time for Billy "Oh stop pestering me! I'm late enough as it is!" She finds her social life and nights out more important than listening to what Billy has to say. Mrs. Casper isn't a very caring mother as she asks her son "you haven't got a fag on you, have you love?" not expecting a very high standard from her son, not minding about his smoking habit and not caring about his health and a safe lifestyle. Billy also suffers from verbal abuse and also physical from his mother "We'll see whether you're going or not, you cheeky young bugger." ...read more.


She is extremely unsympathetic and seems to be ashamed of Billy. Her attention is never fully on Billy, when ever she is talking to Billy, she is busy doing something else 'His mother was standing with a lipstick poised at her mouth, watching the doorway through the mirror. When she saw Billy she started to apply the lipstick.' Mr.Sudgen, treats Billy in a very similar manner to Mrs. Casper, he is also very unsympathetic, physically, verbally harsh, Impatient, unhelpful and has no time for him. Mr. Sugden is also not very concerned about Billy's health. He didn't care for Billy when he could have got pneumonia 'I don't care what he gets, I'll show him!' Mr. Sugden makes Billy feel very small and as though he is not wanted and shouldn't be there 'Casper, you make me SICK.' as though he looks down on him and that he is a disgrace. He doesn't encourage Billy at all during his lesson's telling him that he is rubbish. ...read more.


Mr. Farthing also makes time for Billy, to go and watch him fly his kestrel, which Billy really appreciated as it was the only time he got some attention from something else apart from Kes. Mr. Farthing encourages Billy in class which makes him more confident. He shows his appreciation to Billy; 'Well done Billy. That was very good.' He treats him like any other pupil, though being stern when telling Billy off for falling asleep in lesson time, he is still treating Billy the same as any toher teacher would to any pupil that feel asleep. Though out this book, Billy only ever received any attention from his English teacher rather than his mother, which shows how little Mrs. Casper attempted to talk and care about her son, or that Mr. Farthing made a big effort, but over all Billy still wasn't a very cared about child, and he felt lonely and unwanted until he got his kestrel which was the only thing he loved in his love. ?? ?? ?? ?? Vicky James 9A ...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

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. Comparisons between A Kestrel For A Knave and David Copperfield.

    It is literally and metaphorically a low point in the story and is almost a diametric opposite to the moment where Billy climbs the tree "caterpillar like" to reach the freedom, symbolised by the Kestrel. Throughout the story Hines appears to associate rural areas with good things, and urban areas with bad things.

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

    has learnt a lot from his book, and also shows that he trained Kes well. An obvious example of how well Billy had trained Kes is when Mr Farthing meets Billy flying/training Kes for the first time - "Goodness. Not very friendly is it! It seems alright with you though."

  1. Compare the way Mrs Casper, Mr Sugden and Mrs Farthing treat Billy in

    This suggests that she could not be bothered what Billy does or what his single interest is. In addition, since Mrs Casper's husband has left her, Billy has been 'the laugh of the playground' with MacDowall and his friends, as they insult Billy and his mother by saying that he

  2. In Kestrel For A Knave, Hines presents most of Billy's schooling, and his teachers ...

    Both boys are separated from their fathers for different reasons - David's father is dead and Billy's father has left home. David claims that his only saving grace is the books, which his dad left him, "the Vicar of Wakefield, Don Quixote, and Robinson Crusoe came out, a glorious host, to keep me company."

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

    She said she just wants to settle down but she never does. '' There's somebody treats you every night''. ''It'd be nice. Shift, Billy.'' She doesn't really care about his school career she never asks if he has homework or how his day has been at school.

  2. A Kestrel for a Knave

    This is revealed through Hines' use of irony - while the teacher should be helping the children learn how to play football; Mr.Sugden is focusing wholly on himself. It was as if bolstering his self-esteem was more important than the pupils' progress.

  1. Compare the characters of Mr. Grycefrom Barry Hines''Kestrel for a knave' and Mr. Squeers ...

    present time and that he either needs a refresher course or not to be in the job at all. By contrast Mr. Squeers does not want anything for his pupils, in fact his aims are not to provide education or guidance in the right direction, but his aims are money and power.

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

    The shot then cuts to the outside scene where all the boys are lining up ready to be picked. It projects Billy as an isolated, pathetic figure as he's left standing alone, waiting for his name to be called. The book tells us that Billy is picked last and this shot directs attention towards him looking alone and segregated.

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