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Explain how and why Gregory from "The half brothers" and Sylvia Lister form "One Wednesday Afternoon" were so badly treated by their families.

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Wider Reading Essay Explain how and why Gregory from "The half brothers" and Sylvia Lister form "One Wednesday Afternoon" were so badly treated by their families. Describe the ways in which they were persecuted and explain their persecutors responses to the tragedies which overcame them. The story "The Half Brothers" is written by Elizabeth Gaskell. It is set in the 1850's, in Cumberland, which is a farming area. The language used it typical of the area in Victorian times, and we also know where it is set as it tells us so in the story "he rented a small farm up in Cumberland". The story "One Wednesday Afternoon" was written around the 1950's by Stan Barstow. This story is set in an imaginary industrial town called Cressley in the midlands. We can tell this from some of the typical midlands language which is used. "An accident y'say?" In the story "The Half Brothers", a woman called Helen is going through a bad time. She has lost her husband and daughter, and is left on her own with her son, Gregory. As Helen is finding it difficult to cope on her own with a small child, her sister, Fanny comes to live with her. The family is very poor as Helen is unable to work due to her eyesight failing. ...read more.

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In "the half brothers" the story is set in Cumberland, so therefore is going to be associated with countryside and farm work. William owns a farm, and Gregory helps out the old Shepherd on the farm. In "one Wednesday afternoon" , the working places are very different. The Listers live in an industrial town, and both work in factories. The stories differ on the places of work, but the causes of the main incident or death are both related to the work area. Gregory in "The Half Brothers" dies whilst out in the countryside looking for his brother, and Sylvia gets her scalp ripped off when her hair gets caught in a machine at the factory. In the two stories there are many different family relationships. Both of the stories contain jealousy. In "The Half Brothers", William is hugely jealous of Gregory as his mother has so much love for him. William sees Gregory as being Helens connection to her previous marriage. Also as Helen has so much love for Gregory, she has little or no love for William. In "The Half Brothers" Fanny is also jealous that Helen gets married to William and not her "Aunt Fanny was a good deal shocked at this". The relationship between Gregory and his brother isn't a very good one. ...read more.

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We also can guess that he doesn't have a very good education from when he visits his wife in hospital. He seams to be embarrassed around the young, smart doctor who he speaks to " Are you her husband? The man nodded dumbly". Jack appears to be so intimidated by the young doctor, that he can barely even look him in the eye "The man brought his eyes up from the floor". Sylvia must have some kind of education to have got a job, but her job is still only in a factory, so it cant have been that good of an education. The language used in each story is very typical of the period in which it was written, and the setting in which it was written. In "The Half Brothers", there are many Victorian style words and sayings "Died of consumption", "Came to bear her company"," I don't think I ever scouted him". Because of the Victorian influence of the story, the language is all very formal and proper, which sometimes makes the story harder to read and understand. In "One Wednesday Afternoon" the language is very different. Words which are used such as "Bairn" and " Donnin' up" tell us that the story is set in north England. There are lots of slang words used n this story, which makes the language very informal. The length of the sentences and paragraphs in the story vary a lot, and the use of vocabulary is very easy to understand. Laura Miller 7165 ...read more.

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