• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Kes. This story was set in 1968 in Barnsley. The key characters In this story are Billy, Jud, Mrs. Casper and Mr. Sudgen

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

This story was set in 1968 in Barnsley. The key characters In this story are Billy, Jud, Mrs. Casper and Mr. Sudgen In a Kestrel For A Knave Billy doesn't exactly live in the land of luxury. He wakes to a grim bedroom and an unpleasant brother on the other side of the single bed, Billy and Jud share: "There were no curtains up. The window was a hard-edged block the colour of the night sky..." Already we see that his bedroom is so basic, that there are no curtains. In Billy's house there is no heating and so to get a bit of heat he has a fire, no central heating. The home is where a person should feel at ease and relaxed, but Billy can't enjoy this luxury because when he is at home his brother miss-treats him and his mother ignores him. As Billy's home isn't pleasant he spends a lot of his time out side. Billy needs to have two worlds because the real world in which he lives in treat him bad. He gets a kestrel and trains and has a lot of time with it and in the end Billy doesn't put a bet on for Jud and Jud looks for him but doesn't find him, instead he kills Billy's kestrel. ...read more.

Middle

he says I haven't done anything but then Mrs. Casper says ''what have you done with it Jud'', he says ''nowt''. ''Billy runs to his mum and tried to bury his face in her. She held him off, embarrassed'' she tells him to just to get another one, where it has taking time to train the kestrel and she knows how much it meant to him. Then he goes off running and gets the kestrel out the bin and berries it on the backfield. Mr Farthing is the only character that is viewed as a positive influence on Billy. He is a good teacher to Billy he takes interest in him and tries to persuade him to get on with his work. Asking Billy how the cane was, like another teacher would say to Billy you've been bad like you al ways are, but Mr. Farthing ask him how it was ''`Sting?'' ''Not bad'' ''Right, sit down then'' FACT AND FICTION He asked Anderson to share a fact with us he shared one and then Mr. Farthing asks Billy he had head under the table inspecting his hands. His hands were pink and stinging. Mr. Farthing asks Billy to tell some stories ''Right, now you can do some work for a change. ...read more.

Conclusion

He never makes any attempt to get a kit, he either skives or borrows kits from other people, everyone else can seem to get a kit but Casper can't get one, Billy's mum wont buy him a kit. ''I don't know, sir. My mother says it's a waste of money, especially now I'm leaving.'' Mr. Sugden bounced the ball on Billy's head, he loves to humiliate him. He brings him back some giant shorts. ''Here Casper, get them on'' he threw them across them to the room they were huge, everyone and Billy knew they wouldn't fit him, ''they'll not fit me, sir.'' Everyone started laughing even Billy pulled off a little smile. His mum wont buy him a kit, because it's a ''waste'' of money, now that his leaving, but he hasn't been leaving for four years. ''you could of bought some out of your spending money, couldn't you?'' Billy doesn't really like football, so he's not really keen on it, that's why he probably didn't buy a kit. Every time he has P.E, Mr. Sugden always wants to do P.E. Mr. Sugden tells him to get a job but he's already got one but he cant buy a kit because he has to pay his fines for instalments every week because he gets in trouble all the time. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Rafferty 10C. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Barry Hines section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Barry Hines essays

  1. Short story assessement - "The Bread winner" by Leslie Halward.

    I also felt respect towards her as she stood up to the father, a quotation which makes me feel this way towards her is: "you've been boss here for long enough. I put up with it when you were bringing money into the house, but I'll not put up with

  2. How does Billy's tall story in "A Kestrel For A Knave" and "The Poor ...

    Most other teachers hurl insults towards Billy left, right and centre as well... "And so did you Casper. Just came out from under a stone." Mr Crossley All this abuse has to rub off on Billy. This leaves Billy with very low sense of worth and self-belief.

  1. Similarities And Differences Between 'Billy Elliot' And 'Kes'

    This is apparent in Billy Elliot as most families live in housing estates, eat poor food and Billy always wears the same clothes. It is clear in Kes from the family's houses, their food, Billy's shabby clothes and that he has to steal a library book, as he cannot afford it.

  2. A Kestrel for a Knave

    habit, they might truly do something about it - however, they are not given any advice on this matter.

  1. In Kestrel For A Knave, Hines presents most of Billy's schooling, and his teachers ...

    It almost gives a hallucinatory quality to the writing. The Murdstone's teaching methods are unorthodox by 21st century standards as they expect David to memorise whole topics. They are also very similar in their actions, "I trip over a word, Mr Murdstone looks up. I trip over another word, Miss Murdstone looks up."

  2. Kes affected Billy's life in many ways, for good and for bad

    An example of this is after the fight Billy had with McDowell; "I'm no' that bad, I'm no worse than stacks of kids, but they just seem to get away with it."

  1. Investigate the ways in which Barry Hines explores Billy's life in 'A Kestrel for ...

    Gryce didn't listen to his pupils because he felt that he was more superior than they were. The one event that really stuck in my mind is when the messenger got the cane even though the young boy tried to explain he was only a messenger 'The first stroke made him cry.

  2. How does Barry Hines create sympathy for Billy Casper? In a kestral for a ...

    of it which make us feel more sympathetic towards Billy and some things that are not shown in as much detail as the novel. The sound and lighting are very important mediums in the opening scene, when watching the film you get a better feel for the darkness of the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work