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How important is Kes to Billy?

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How important is Kes to Billy? " Fast asleep during the lord prayer! Ill thrash you, you irreverent scoundrel!" These are the words of Mr. Gryce, Billy's headmaster. The context this is in is that Mr. Gryce needed to make an example of somebody and Billy was his chosen victim. The school Billy goes to isn't a particularly nice school by any means this is however made worse by the fact that Billy is in a class known as the Easter leavers. At home Billy is thought to be destined to work in the mines like his older brother Jud. Billys dad ran away when Billy was just a young child and Billys mother is more interested in herself than Billy or Jud. Jud watches his own back and has no real plans in his life and lives from one break out of the mines to the next. ...read more.

Middle

Billy demonstrating his care for Kes jumps over the other side of the showers and throws his cloths on and goes home to feed Kes. Another demostration of how important Kes is to Billy is when we see that Bily is willing to kill other creatures for Kes. Kes also helps Billy by forming a formal relationship with Mr. Fathing. This is the only relationship that we see in the book where an adult isn't looking down on Billy as if he were a used bandage! An example of an adult looking down on Billy is in the sweet shop where Mr. Porter says " You know what they said when I took you on, don't you?" he pauses as though expecting answer. He then goes on to give Billy the answer, even though it is obviously a ritorical question. ...read more.

Conclusion

Billy runs into the house carrying the dead bird. Jud and his mother both come towards Billy. Billy then proceeds to swing the dead bird around stopping them getting to him. This is very symbolic to me as through out the book we see Billy using Kes as an emotional shield against his life. And here we see Billy using the bird as now a physical shield against his family. When Jud kills Kes, the incident for me marked the end of Billys hope not to work down in the minds, as now his lifeline has been taken away. Overall I I conclued that Kes was more than just a pet to Billy she was more a rock for him to cling to. All in all Kes was the best thing in the world to Billy and that was ruined for him by his older brother. By Max Cunnane ...read more.

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