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The Half-Brothers The Half-Brothers is a short, realist, tragedy story, that illustrates the hardships that the poorer people had to undergo in the late Victorian period especially the hardships faced by widows and some of those around them. I think that the purpose of the story other than to entertain the reader is more to make people realise how difficult it is for people living in harsh conditions and to perhaps examine human relationships. I think that the genre of the story is perfectly suited to the purpose because of it's realism and tragedy, I think that the reader is possibly affected emotionally even if the emotion felt is a slight feeling of happiness because they are not in the scenario faced by the fictional characters portrayed by the author Elizabeth Gaskell. Obviously the reader faced with such a tragedy would want to read all of the story and that is why I think that genre is well suited to this story. The story can be divided into six sections. The first section is the introduction, the second section is the development of the story, the third section is the climax, the fourth section is the narrator of the younger brother and the final section is the conclusion of the story. ...read more.


I think these settings achieved the purpose of the story because the last setting illustrates the difficulty faced by the eldest brother to find the narrator at great risk. There are few main characters in this story, the narrator, his brother Gregory, his mother, his aunt fanny and his farther William Preston. The narrator describes himself as, "I suppose I was a cleaver lad; at any rate, I always got plenty of praise; and was , as we called it, the cock of the school." He also says how everybody thinks of his brother, "But everyone said he was stupid and dull, and this stupidity and dullness grew upon him." And also he says that his farther, "My farther was glad, and proud, and sorry, all in a breath; glad and proud that a son was born to him; and sorry for his poor wife's state, and to think how his angry words had brought it on. But he was a man who liked better to be angry than sorry,". The hero of the story is obviously Gregory, the narrators older brother because he is saved by him. Gregory does not really have any heroic qualities however, he had the courage to go out and gave his brother his muad to save his brother I quote, " 'It is of no use,' said he, as if to himself. ...read more.


The word wedded now means spoiling and I have never encountered a modern piece of writing which has started the beginning of a sentence with, "That was, as it were," I think that the purpose of the story was other than to entertain the reader is more to make people realise how difficult it is for poorer people living in harsh conditions and to perhaps examine human relationships. I think that the author has achieved the purpose of the story using realism and tragedy because it has an impact on the reader. I found that whilst reading the story that I experienced riotous anger against William Preston and his workers for not treating Gregory with respect and because of William kicking Lassie Gregory's collie, I also felt sympathy for the narrator, his farther and his aunt because of the loss of Gregory but most of all because of the hard life faced by Gregory's mother because I think she had the worst life of all. After I had finished reading to story I felt glad that I did not have to live under such harsh conditions I also felt the same about Gregory because all those felt guilty about his death, which they should have. The story had a large impact. Bradley Phillips ...read more.

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