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Discuss the ways in which relationships between parents and children are explored by the writers of Kiss Miss Carol and The Son's Veto.

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Discuss the ways in which relationships between parents and children are explored by the writers of Kiss Miss Carol and The Son's Veto In this essay I will discuss the relationships between parents and children in KMC and SV. We can see that the two stories were written in different times and show how the world changed between C19th and 100 years later when KMC was written. Both writers deal with the role of education and show how it can affect the relationships within the families. Both stories are set in London. Both have a clear sympathy for one character. Hardy and Dhonddy criticises superiority in the stories. However, there are also differences in the focus of the stories. In KMC we see conflicts between two cultures Bengali and English whereas in SV there is more conflict between social classes rich and poor. Events in KMC are seen through the son's eyes while in SV are seen through the mother's .The ending in of KMC is ambiguous or open ended whilst the ending of SV is final. Dhonddy criticises racist superiority while Hardy criticises social superiority. Both stories explore conflict between parents and children. In KMC Jolil is embarrassed of his dad's English and the way he dress. ...read more.

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The lines throughout the poem are quite short, perhaps to hammer home the message. Language and imagery When you read the poem you will notice that certain phrases (e.g. Explain yuself, half) are repeated or echoed, which builds up a pattern in the language. Do you think that this repetition is a successful way of strengthening the impact of his argument? The poem relies on comparisons to make us see how stupid it is to judge things that are in contrasting colours as only half worthy. He uses examples of great and famous artists (Picasso and Tchaikovsky). What is the effect of this? He also uses the weather as an example of something that is full of contrasting colour. Think about what the poet is doing when he uses the phrase overcast (line 20). It sounds like the same word as caste with an 'e', but is actually an entirely different word. Do you think this adds to the humour of the poem? Agard himself says: 'I think humour can be very powerful. Humour breaks down boundaries, it topples our self-importance, it connects people, and because it engages and entertains, it ultimately enlightens.' The poet has decided not to use Standard English in this poem. ...read more.

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The main problem between Jolil and his father is that he wants to act in a play as lame and poor but his father thinks that his son shouldn't act as a waste of time. "You tell them Allah gave you both legs to use. Playing beggar, very bad" So there is a culture difference between the father and the son. Similarly, in SV Sohy wants to marry Sam after the death of her husband "Mr Twycott" but her son Randolph doesn't want her to marry him because he's poor so he made his mother promise him that she won't marry Sam "there bade her kneel, and swear that she would not wed Samuel Hobson without his consent." Sophy can't speak Standard English. Her son is ashamed of her English as well as her lower class. "Has dear mother not have! Exclaimed the public school boy, with an impatient fastidiousness that almost harsh." Randolph was able to lead the life of rich boy at public school; he enjoyed mixing with upper class people. "He was reducing their compass to a population of a few thousand wealthy and titled people." Sophy the mother was born a poor village girl; she was lower class. She felt alone at home in the company of servants. "Almost companions the two servants of her own house" The upper class school changed Randolph into an upper class "snob. ...read more.

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