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How Does Swindells Present The Life Of Living On The Street And Being One Of The

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How Does Swindells Present The Life Of Living On The Street And Being One Of The 'Invisible People'? Robert Swindells shows us that the life of being a dosser and being one of the 'invisible people' is a grim one. Throughout the book he reminds us that living on the street is dangerous, tiring and uncomfortable. This is illustrated by the main character, Link, being homeless and having to doss in doorways. Link is the main character of the novel, 'Stone Cold'. He is sick of his Mother's new boyfriend, Vince, "He's changed her. That's one of the things I hate him for." He is then pushed over the edge and decides to become homeless. At first Link decides to remain in his home town of Bradford, in Yorkshire. For a while life is not too bad. He went to his sisters house, Carole, to get a weekly bath and cut his hair. After a while Carole's boyfriend Chris no longer wanted him around. "He got resentful of my visits. He didn't actually say anything to me, but I could see it in his eyes and hear it in his tone of voice". It was because of this that Link decided to leave for London. ...read more.

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The biggest Danger on the streets of London is not the petty criminals but Shelter. Shelter is an ex-army soldier gone rogue. He was dismissed from the army on "medical grounds". As we find out near the end of the novel it's because he was insane. He believes it is his duty to rid the streets of it's dossers. Shelter believes there is a Government plot to "undermine the country by clogging it up with dossers and junkies and drunks." This just proves how out of his head he really is. It is because of this he is a threat to Link. He sees all the dossers, not as people, but as rubbish, needing to be cleaned up. "they've put me where I can't turn garbage into men any more, but I can clean up the garbage, can't I?They can't stop me doing that, and I will. By golly I will." Swindells makes his novel believable by using a lot of examples of how homeless people have to live. He uses descriptive language to make us fell sorry for them and so the readers feel like they are actually experiencing the cold chills. "What's that? Sounds like breathing. Heavy breathing, as in a maniac. Lie still. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the end of the novel, Swindells does not choose to write a 'happy ending' for Link. Instead he wrote what would happen in reality. Link is betrayed when he finds out Gail is actually Louise Bain, a reporter researching how homeless people live. Furthermore she has a boyfriend working with her. Some good comes out of it though, Louise is going to write a realistic article about homelessness in London. This means that perhaps the people who read it will be more generous to homeless people begging on the streets. "They say us kids aren't homeless at all. They say we trick the punters out of their change and go home to our Mums at night with forty, fifty quid in our pockets." This makes people believe that they shouldn't give money to the homeless because it's just a scam. Louise also hands Link some money but this hurts his pride, however he must take it anyway since he never knows when his situation will improve. Although he now has some money his long term future seems bleak. Link will always miss Gail and he knows that he can never get her back because she wasn't who she said she was. He has also lost his best friend Ginger and must now live the life of some one who has not a friend in the world. By Liam Queally 8T ...read more.

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