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Is it possible to feel sorry for the bully? How do your feelings about him change as you read the story?

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Introduction

Welcome to the Real World C.E.L Task 1: Is it possible to feel sorry for the bully? How do your feelings about him change as you read the story? The book "Welcome To The Real World" starts off by giving the impression that Andrew Greenwood is a bully just for the sheer pleasure and power of it. However, near the end of the book it goes on to explain the cause of Andrews behaviour. At the start of "Welcome to the Real World" Andrew Greenwood picks on Rosa and threatens that he will show the whole school a photograph of her stealing a photograph of Jason, because she fancies Jason. Rosa is a girl who people perceive to be what they would call a 'geek'. In reality Rosa is just trying to live up to her mother and her grandmothers standards, as they have made it a tradition is their family for the women to succeed. Rosa's parents think Rosa only concentrates on school, and would never think about having a boyfriend. ...read more.

Middle

I can't let Andrew tell the whole school now. My family...it would...And that word cheat. It would stick with me for ever." Christine is another of Andrews victims who joins The Secrets Club. She is a quiet girl who is too shy and timid to stick up to her parents and let people know that Josh is her baby and not just her little baby brother. The secret Andrew knows about her is that the baby boy, called 'Josh', that her parents say is Christine's little brother, is actually Christine's baby. She is a teenage mother. Christine's dad is the manager of the multi-screen cinema. Andrew makes Christine give him cinema tickets in exchange for keeping quiet about her having a baby. This is all giving him a feeling of power and control over other people and makes him feel good about himself. An other victim of his is a new boy in school called Jason. He has a diary in which he writes about how he feels unloved by his parents. ...read more.

Conclusion

Being quite a fat and well built boy in fact gives him an advantage as a bully. Putting himself in a position of power over others is his way of dealing with his feelings of insecurity and low self esteem. Towards the end of the book I began to realise that Andrew too has been a victim and this was why he is behaveing in the way he does. I felt sorry for him but still felt angry about the way he treated other people. I realise that Andrew was really a very sad, lonely boy. He was behaving the way he did as he could find no other way of dealing with being a victim himself. In conclusion, at the start of the book I thought Andrew was a cruel and unpleasant boy however by the end I realised that he was a victim also and therefore I felt sorry for him and realised that he wasn't simply bad but dealing badly with his own situation. I didn't like him but I began to understand why he behaved in the way he did and feel more sympathetic towards him. W.T.T.R.W Iona Milne. Page1 ...read more.

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