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Evelina in pieces of silver

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Introduction

How does Evelina, Mr Chase and his parents influence Clements life? The pieces of silver is a story about a poor young boy named Clement. This story is set in the Carribean. The old headmaster is retiring and the children all have to bring silver coins for his retirement fund. There are a few who are too poor to bring threepence inclunding Clement. At school the acting head Mr Chase brings these pupils to the front and marks chalk upon their head and makes references to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar when Brutus betrayes his friend Caesar. After this the school laughs and taunts at the poor boys. After school Clement goes back to his 'house' and askes his mother for the money. She delegates this to his father. Clement does the same to him but the answer is no. ...read more.

Middle

Before all this they are checked for clean teeth, brushed hair and clean hands if this is failed they are caned with a stick. Those that didn't bring money (a minimum of threepence) were called to the platform at the front of the hall. An X was planted on their head and they were called Bruteses while being laughed at for being poor. And Clement had to recite this passage from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (lines80-99). Mr Chase causes Clement to feel bad about himself and his life because he is poor and most of the school is not. Mr. Chase amplifies this feeling when he makes him recite a passage that says he is a betrayer of Mr. Megahey and has a mark to prove it. He will continue this as well unless money turns up. ...read more.

Conclusion

E.g. to let children have money. Dave the father is also jelous and angry at people like Mr Megahey and this is shown by both parents and this is read by Clement and this could be what he becomes. Evelina is Clement's older sister (line 123) and has his mothers understanding but unlike her mother she uses herself to help Clement and goes singing (185) after they go singing and get money off Mr. Megahey they go home and Evelina also tells Clement to take the money and use it to help the others. Evelina is unselfish and caring and is a good influence to Clement. Clement has agood family but outside there is people who are horrible and who are selfish and uncaring to peoples of lower class. For a good influence Clement should start with the people closest to him and listen less to the wrong sort of people. Alastair Whitham Page 1 09/03/2008 The pieces of silver (pg51-58) opening worlds ...read more.

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