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Summary of Kestrel for a Knave and Black Writers

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A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines A Kestrel for a Knave tells the story of a disadvantaged teenager, Billy Casper, who lives in a mining town. How would you feel if you just worked, but you didn't have an ambition, you are surrounded by people who have accepted their lot in life and that you won't be allowed to hope for better? You aren't told right and wrong, you are told what is. It is pushed in your face for you to deal with. This is what children like Billy were told (1950s). We learn that Billy is a character who is entirely on his own; no help is given from anyone, not even his family. ...read more.


Kes is hope for him. Billy's teacher has persuaded him to share what he has learned about falconry. Billy has never before shown much interest in class so his teacher is surprised at his specialist knowledge and vocabulary. Barry Hines feels sympathy for Billy as he shows this through his word choice and situations throughout the novel. The ending of the book is amazing although it is very upsetting. Black Writers Toni Morrison was the first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature; she also has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Chloe Wofford also known as Toni Morrison was brought up in Lorain, Ohio, where her parents had moved to escape the problems of southern racism. ...read more.


in 1955. Soon after Morrison became an instructor in English at Texas Southern University, at Houston, and taught in the English department at Howard. She then became a textbook editor and was later transferred to the New York headquarters of Random House. There she edited books by popular black authors such as Toni Cade Bambara. Her first novel was published in 1970, The Bluest Eye. Soon after with Sula in 1973, Song of Solomon in 1977, Tar Baby in 1981, Beloved in 1987, Jazz in 1992 and Paradise in 1998. Beloved won a Pulitzer Prize. In her novels, she focuses on the experience of black Americans, mainly emphasising black women's experience in an unfair society. She uses fantasy and realistic description of racial, gender and class conflict. ...read more.

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