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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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