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Discuss two of the stories in which the effects of poverty are most vividly and effectively conveyed to us by the author.

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Discuss two of the stories in which the effects of poverty are most vividly and effectively conveyed to us by the author. The Red Ball by Ismith Khan The Red Ball is a story of exclusion, acceptance and poverty. In The Red Ball, Bolan and his family suffer deeply from poverty. The author emphasises this by describing how skinny Bolan is. The other boys call him names such as "Thinny Boney" and "Match-stick foot". This gives the reader a rough idea of the physical build of Bolan, as they can picture a small, skinny boy, alone by the hibiscus bushes. The way in which Bolan plays with the hibiscus flower also shows the reader of how deprived he is of things to play with. He doesn't even own something as simple as a ball. He pierces the flower with "the straight pin which kept his shirt front closed". It's sad to see such poverty, a boy playing with anything he can find and using any simple tool for more than one use. ...read more.

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"a real store bat" sounds as though it's the most incredible thing that Bolan's ever seen. To him, these possessions are possessions of the rich. Everyone with possessions was rich to Bolan. When he holds the ball, he feels accepted and becomes a good bowler, not a nobody. It's a moment of beauty when this is discovered as it's written in slow motion. "his long thin body arched like a bow, the ball swung high in the air, his wrist turned in, and he delivered the shooting red ball" This is very effective description and makes the reader realise how included he feels when he's bowling. When the boys all eat black pudding, he cannot afford it but wants to maintain his dignity so moves away before the vendor can offer him some for free. The description in this story strongly emphasises the poverty in it. The Pieces of Silver by Karl Sealy This story is about the cruel poverty in which young people have to deal with in Barbados these days. ...read more.

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and singing is very sad as it shows just how poor they really are. Evelina's voice contrasts with that of the acting headmaster's. Her voice is "clear and true" and his was "untrue, faltering note", she's seen as a mother figure. It turns out that the retiring headmaster is actually very nice and generous, and didn't need all the money which was being donated. The next day, some of the boys who really couldn't afford the money had not come into school as they were so scared. Some of them had somehow managed to get the money. The acting headmaster, the sadist, watched them cruelly, enjoying their embarrassment. The way in which Clement presents the money, saying how it was for all of them, is a fairytale ending. His voice "struck through the silent school, clear and thrilling as a star's light". He's the other boys' saviour. It's a nice ending to the story as he's helped out all of the boys who couldn't afford the small amount of money, himself included. It's a sort of fairytale ending. Sophie Day 11c ...read more.

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