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  1. How do the various adults treat Billy Casper in "Kestrel for a Knave"?

    She doesn't seem to have any time for him and when she wants to get her some cigarettes because he will be late for school she gets angry. "Have you had any tea Billy", "NO", "Well get some" this shows that he is left to fend for himself and if he doesn't make any tea for himself know one else will. When Jud kills Billy Kestrel all his mother has to say is, "That was a rotten trick Jud" she doesn't stand up for Billy or try to comfort him in anyway, when Billy tries to cry in his mothers lap all she says is, "Gi'o'er then, don't be so daft" this makes Billy feel unwanted and rejected.

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  2. The films 'Kes' and 'Billy Elliott' are superficially similar.

    Billy is much smaller than Jud, and Jud uses his strength and size against Billy to take out his frustration. For example, when he comes home and finds Billy reading a book, a pastime he would never do, he steals the book out of Billy's hands and says "What's thou got that for when thou can't read?" and takes it off him. When Billy goes to take the book back, Jud holds him off with one hand and looks at the book in the other.

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  3. A Kestral for a Hawk - How does the writer arouse the reader's sympathy for Billy.

    His home does not have curtains and he has to share a bed with his older brother Jud. There is no central heating in their house and Billy has to light the fire every morning because his brother and his mother are not concerned. When Billy delivers the newspaper to one of the houses, he is stunned as he peered into the house. He distinguished everyday life objects like radiators, radios, carpets etc. but compared to what he had it was like 'heaven' to him .I felt a lot of pity when he opened the shelf for food because there was, "...a packet of dried peas and half a bottle of vinegar on the shelves.

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  4. 'A Kestrel for a Knave' - Barry Hines.

    Sugden is very aggressive throughout the football scene. 'Slack work lad, slack work.' Sugden's frustration is pushed to the limit when a dog appears on the pitch. 'If Mr. Sugden had a gun, Mr. Wolf would have been dead in no time.' Sugden has an inferior attitude towards all his pupil's in particular. Mr. Sugden believes Billy is an idiot. Sugden makes Billy feel small when he says 'hand up if you saw Casper have a shower'. This also shows Billy has no friends at school. Mr. Sugden believes that he is good enough to teach at a grammar school, but we know he is not.

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  5. Compare the characters of Mr. Grycefrom Barry Hines''Kestrel for a knave' and Mr. Squeers from Charles Dickens' 'Nicholas Nickelby'.

    '...As Mrs. Squeers took the boots from the new arrivals only to be given to her son.' The only reason they were getting away with this conniving scheme is that there were no educational laws at that time stopping from doing so until the Education Reform Act was passed in 1870. Gryces' school is a secondary modern school, as he is the headmaster of the school and he knows that he has power over his pupils, therefore he undermines them 'Come on in you reprobates'.

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  6. Barry Hines's book 'A Kestrel For A Knave' is a powerful adaptation that dramatizes the entire text in a clear and exciting way, it also explores it's themes motivations and social settings.

    Sorrow is regularly used to try and change things so the reader can empathize with Billy's situation and this tends to have a great affect on the reader. Barry hines appears to see education as crucial there are many sections in the novel where billy is at scholl. We see him lessons talking to teacher studying and evem in assembly. However barry does not show education just as learning he shows it as a part if life he does this by showing education has a vital impact on personal development a way to make friends become independent kearn talent gain confidence and aquire qualifications.

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  7. It has been said that Billy is part of the 'limbo generation' of the 1960s.

    His brother abuses him physically and verbally. A good example of this is in the opening scene where Jud thumps Billy in the kidneys because he has to get up early and Billy doesn't. Jud strips the bedclothes off the bed they have to share so that Billy cannot sleep longer than he can. Verbal abuse is shown in Jud's determination to run Billy down, for example, about his reading ability, or his interest in the bird, or taunting him about the future which will consist of going down the mine with the rest of the men.

    • Word count: 1424
  8. Nature of the Beast By Janni Howker.

    That is one of the ways in which the author creates sympathy for Billy. Billy is an imaginative person, he has ambition and plans for the future; he says when referring to the hunt that he wants to undertake to try find the beast; 'Only been a day dream until now'. The relationship Billy has with his family i.e. Ned and Chunder, is very strong although it may not appear that way to an outsider, such as the social worker who appears towards the end of the book.

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  9. "What is the Importance of the Kestrel in the novel " A Kestrel for a Knave."

    The kestrel is Billy's opportunity to express his love to someone. The first example where we see that the kestrel plays and important part in Billy's life is in pgs 33-35. These pages explain the scene where Billy goes to the library to get a book out on falconry. " I want a book on falconry." From the story we can tell that Billy is the not the kind of person who would normally go to the library, but he has become so interested in the kestrel that this interest has driven him to the library.

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  10. Invisible - creative writing

    Billy knew they were laughing because he couldn't afford the trip. He was the laughing stock of the class for the entire period. Funny stares and spiteful comments were all he got and his pain increased when the registration ended, and everyone else headed off to board the bus. Mr farthing gave him one final look as if to apoligise for not taking him, but Billy ignored him. Through the gates Billy could see their smiles on their faces, even the teachers looked happy about getting a day off of school.

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  11. How does Billy's tall story in "A Kestrel For A Knave" and "The Poor Relation's Story" By Charles Dickens influence your opinion of the characters?

    Go and buy yourself some pop an' some crisps or summat." - Billy's Mother She does this to cover up the fact there is a pitiable amount of food in the kitchen and that she can't be bothered to cook him up a proper meal. This leads Billy to steal things like bottles of milk from the milkman and bars of chocolate from the shop. Billy is continually browbeaten throughout the book. Be it the teachers and classmates at school and his half-brother Jud at home.

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  12. How does Barry Hines create sympathy for Billy Casper in 'A Kestrel for a knave'?

    with his brother Jud who's a bully. Billy hates the thought of having to work down the mine, which creates sympathy as he's forced into a no hope situation. The first incident I have chosen is Sugden P.E lesson (pg. 87-108) I have chosen this because when you compare Billy to a bully like Sugden, it shows how pitiful Billy really is. In this part of the novel Hines has managed to create sympathy for Billy by showing how weak and vulnerable Billy's character is.

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  13. How does Barry Hines create sympathy for Billy Casper? In a kestral for a knave

    The social setting of the novel is mainly his school. He obviously goes to an all boys secondary modern, where discipline is maintained by the headmaster's cane and the boys are called by their surnames. The class still have old-fashioned inkwells and blotters at their desks. It would seem that the system has failed Billy if he not competent at reading and writing by the time he is in his last year at school. Though the lack of support by his mother may have something to do with it, I'd presume that Billy had been left to get on with school himself with no help from his mother or Jud.

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  14. Compare the ways the Education system is depicted in "HardTimes" by Charles Dickens and "A Kestrel for a Knave" byBarry Hines

    In A Kestrel for a Knave the secondary modern school is run by Gryce. It accommodates the failures of the 11+ exam; those destined for working class jobs. Pupils face harsh punishments, that are often violent, and are suppressed by the authority. The boys, however, still rebel against the system as eventually the punishments become a way of life. Dickens presents Gradgrind as a hard man and this is reflected in his name which is harsh and blunt. Barry Hines present Gryce in a similar way but his name evokes images of slime, grease and evilness.

    • Word count: 1557
  15. Snowdrops - Exploring

    see the snowdrops in the school garden and when he finally see's then he sees they are not all that amazing, which is true to life in many respects because nothing appears to be a good as it is made out to be. Descriptive writing is one of the strongest things in this piece; it is used to draw the reader into the same state of mind of the writer. 'Today Miss Webster is going to show them the snowdrops growing in the little three cornered garden outside the school-keeper's house', this is a great sentence because the writer could

    • Word count: 813
  16. A Kestrel for a Knave – An alternative ending.

    'That bastard killed it,' Billy shouted pointing at Jud. 'Shut tha mouth Billy. It were thi own bloody fault anyroad.' Jud was beginning to lose his temper. 'Just look what he's done mam.' Billy had started to regain some strength through the warmth of the fire. He pushed the body towards his mother's face. 'Gi' over Billy.' 'None of you care about me.' Billy was shaking. He placed Kes carefully on the kitchen table and, without warning he lunged at Jud, kicking and scratching with every fragment of muscle he could force together.

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  17. Discuss ways in which Playwrights use the possibility of theatre to convey the meaning of a story

    He used this book to get the message across of what a certain kind of life was really like. The way that he uses the possibility of theatre in the novel is very effective. Obviously there are some things that would be able to be used in film but not in theatre such as a live kestrel, music and quick effective scene changes. But, messages of hardship and sadness are more effective on stage because the audience feel closer to the actors as they are right in front of them in the flesh. There are many examples of stage directions used in the novel that show Hines' intentions to make the scenes serious when performed on stage.

    • Word count: 1625
  18. The Role of Parenting in Henry Roth's Call it Sleep

    David's relationship to his mother, Genya, is filled with love. However, as David gets older this love is sometimes replaced by shame. David, who formally took comfort in being near his mother, is trying to free himself from only feeling safe in her arms. At the beginning of the novel, David needed his mother to wait in the stairwell while he came up stairs because he was so terrified. While later in the novel, David is proud of himself for walking up the stairs and not being afraid of anything.

    • Word count: 1590

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