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How Are The Relationships Between Teachers And Pupils Presented In Chapter 8 Of 'Whispers In The Graveyard' By Theresa Breslin, And The PE Lesson In 'A Kestrel For A Knave' By Barry Hines?

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How Are The Relationships Between Teachers And Pupils Presented In Chapter 8 Of 'Whispers In The Graveyard' By Theresa Breslin, And The PE Lesson In 'A Kestrel For A Knave' By Barry Hines? ' "Forgotten your kit again?" Sneers Watkins. He picks up a pair of shorts from the lost property box in the changing grooms and throws them at me.' This quote displays the relationship between a teacher (Watkins) and a pupil (Solomon Morris). 'Every lesson for four years! And in that time you've made no effort what so ever to get any kit. You've skyved and scrounged, and borrowed and...and...BEG.' The quote above also symbolises the relationship between a teacher (Mr Sugden) and a pupil (Billy Casper). In this essay I am going to compare two extracts of a lesson and find out the similarities between them. First I'm giving a background about the two victims: Solomon is an only child, whose mother has ran away from home and he now is in the very incapable hands of his father. ...read more.


This quote proves that Billy Casper is being bullied for the slightest thing- 'Slack work'. Billy could have ended up with a bruise, graze, or a severe injury like a black eye. Of course, this depends on the power of the kick, which in my opinion was a hard kick. It's no different to Solomon Morris: I turn to go. The ball hits me with full force on the face. I stumble. He comes across. "Sorry sol, it was an accident." I see him through as blur. My head is thumping I wipe my face in my sleeve, and taste salty tears. I have to get away.' The same again! Bullied by the cruel teacher! It's not his fault he's uncoordinated. All the class knows that, but then why doesn't Watkins support him? This shows that Billy and Solomon are physically abused, but it doesn't stop there; they're also verbally abused: ' "Casper! Casper, get down lad! ...read more.


Watkins on the other hand tries to cover up what he's done to Solomon by saying things that go something like "Here's our top PE student now, aren't you Sol?" Straight away the teacher is on his back saying expressions like "This looks like a case of bullying." Watkins has an answer for that. When she is gone, he says 'Bitch!' This shows that he is very angry at her for either helping Solomon, or in my opinion for trying to get the truth about what happened to Solomon. Unfortunately for Billy, there is no helpful teacher so far...wonder if there will be one later on... So, to sum up my findings. Who is suffering the most? Solomon or Billy? An account of the offences: Billy- 5 Solomon-4 Who has the most insulting actions? Watkins-4 Mr Sugden-4 So, they're both as evil as each other. In my opinion, I think Solomon has a larger risk than Billy because Watkins is his form tutor as well as his PE lesson. Comparing the two books was helpful because we know that we don't have a tough life as Billy and Solomon. Farah Hussain 9PT 9h En1 ...read more.

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