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

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

1/10/2001 "The Breadwinner by Leslie Halward Siobhan Lawless A short story I have just read recently is called "The Breadwinner". This short story was written by Leslie Halward. The character who aroused my emotions the most was Billy. I felt sympathy towards him because he is the only person working. Then he comes in, gets a beaten and sent to bed with no food. I also feel respect towards Billy as he stood up to his dad. The second character who aroused my emotions was Billy's mother. I also felt sympathy and respect towards her as she stood up to her husband and has to put up with him. ...read more.

Middle

that the beating his father gave him was very painful but he was brave and didn't give into his father by crying. I felt that this made the story more enjoyable as I could understand fully what he was going through. I felt sympathy and respect towards the mother. I felt sympathetic towards her because she is fed up and has to put up with the father. A quotation which helps me feel this way is: "she looked tired and frequently sighed heavily" The word tired shows me that the mother hasn't been sleeping very well. I think that's because she is worrying about money, food and the rent. ...read more.

Conclusion

A quotation which helps me feel this way is: ""where's the money," he demanded." The word "demanded" made me realise that his father wasn't polite he was very mean. I felt sympathetic towards him as well because he may have a drinking problem, maybe even an addiction, A quotation which helps me feel this way is: "not go into the till at the nearest Public House" This quotation shows me that he is always desperate for a drink. This makes the story more interesting because it gives a lot of detail but not too much. The characters and the way I felt about them helped me to understand the story in full detail. It also helped me understand the background of all the characters. ...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. In Kestrel For A Knave, Hines presents most of Billy's schooling, and his teachers ...

    It is very obvious that Dickens portrays the Murdstone's in such a bad light so that the reader dislikes them and sympathises with David. Hines also makes it clear that we are not meant to like Gryce or Sugden and like Mr Murdstone, these two teachers are almost presented as caricatures, rather than characters with any depth.

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

    'He'll get pneumonia' I though the imagery of the shower scene was very dramatic and showed just how far Mr Sugden would go. This scene really moved me and I felt sorry for Billy in having to be put through that experience.

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

    Billy mentions the army for no obvious reason, except for the fact that it is just an excuse to get out of his life. The simple truth is that Billy doesn't want Jud around. And quite frankly I don't blame him.

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

    This makes the reader wonder whether things are going to pick up for Billy at last. This image is shattered with the arrival of the pristinely dressed Mr Sugden, the P.E. teacher. As soon as he sees Billy he begins to pick on him for not having his kit 'Casper

  1. How does Barry Hines create sympathy for Billy Casper in 'A Kestrel for a ...

    He encourages Billy by calling him an expert. The camera cuts back to the pupils, who now look interested. This is not apparent in the book but is important, as it's one of the only times where Billy is shown a genuine interest.

  2. Discuss ways in which Playwrights use the possibility of theatre to convey the meaning ...

    For example, there are a lot of mentions of violence in this play where Hines has made it clear (using directions from the author) that the scene should not be funny but the message of sadness, yet reality be conveyed.

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