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

Compare how Fanthorpe and Scannel present the viewpoint and concerns of a child to us in "Half-past Two" and "Hide and Seek"

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare how Fanthorpe and Scannel present the viewpoint and concerns of a child to us in "Half-past Two" and "Hide and Seek" The poems "Half-past Two" and "Hide and Seek" both convey to the reader the experiences and concerns of a child. The essence of each poem is to exhibit our child-like tendencies and then reflect on them in a more mature fashion. Consequently they both show our interpretation of things as children and how differently we perceive them as adults. Furthermore both poems have a much greater symbolic meaning, emphasising the sense of unknowing and fear. The most evident theme illustrated within both poems is that of loneliness; the child who is left by his friends in "Hide and Seek", and the child left in detention by his teacher in "Half-past Two". "Half-past Two" concentrates on the idea of time and the way a child interprets it. The associative time the child uses is demonstrated with the compounded words "gettinguptime", "timeyouwereofftime". We can view this as Fanthorpe's attempt to "give a voice to the voiceless". The child, although not pre-linguistic, is not practised in the use of regular time and hence must use time by thinking of things connected with it. The focus of the poem is usually viewed as being the child's very basic conception of time in comparison with his inability to associate with the almost "alien" abstract time that the adults in his environment repeatedly use. This is illustrated recurrently within the poem and is emphasised by the child's use of capitals: "Once upon a schooltime He Did Something Very Wrong (I forget what it was)" The use of capital letters here, demonstrates that the child has recognised he has done wrong but is mentally incapable of latching on to what it is that he has done, conveying to the reader that the child feels what he has done is important to adults but not necessarily to him. ...read more.

Middle

Her apologetic tone also demonstrates that the sin which he had committed that resulted in him having a detention is really not very serious at all as she does not even tell him off. Furthermore the fact that the simply "slots" him back into time is reflective of the theme that adults have more control of time in general as they know and understand objective time, moreover they have control of other forces that really give them an advantage over the child who has no control over time nor anything else and hence was able to escape from it unlike adults. The ending of "Half-past Two" is more positive than the rest of the poem; it initiates us to feel that the boy's life has only just begun. Fanthorpe attempts to explain the nature of time and how the child escaped from it. But there are also negative overtones in the ending such as that of the "hangnail" and its "silent noise". This of course is illogical and the hint of death makes the reader question what "other dimension" he has travelled into. These negative overtones can be symbolic of the child's gradual change into an adult in the process of maturation and hence loss of innocence. The death imagery is his first sample of this adult world Overall, "Half-past Two" is the story of an innocent child who has had his first experience of the cruel nature of society and the world we live in. Most importantly, it studies the nature of maturation, whether knowledge comes with loss of innocence. Similarly, "Hide and Seek" studies many of the themes in "Half-past Two". It also studies the metaphor for life theme but does so in a more bleak and eerie nature than the more sympathetic and hidden nature of "Half-past Two". Both poems are similar in many ways, firstly they are both studies of an individual, a child, who has been forgotten by those who he trusts and also respects. ...read more.

Conclusion

A similar theme is seen in "Half-past Two" when the child becomes defensive and petulant over the teacher not teaching him the concept of time. In "Hide and Seek" the same is seen only the child does not know of it until the end of the poem where his friends have left him and he has no-one to share his joy with. Also the boy is caught up in the misconception that he is winning the game and his attitude is therefore smug and somewhat arrogant. Furthermore, when the boy thinks he has won the game he exclaims in sheer joy: "Push off the sacks. Uncurl and stretch. That's better! Out of the shed and call to them: I've won!" This series of exclamation marks really highlight this boy's enjoyment at winning the game. However, due to the fact that he has not actually won his suffering his made even greater and the reader further sympathises with him. Moreover the reader senses the boy's loss as soon as he exits his hiding place: "The darkening garden watches. Nothing stirs. The bushes hold their breath; the sun is gone" It is significant that this technique of pathetic fallacy is used when the boy leaves hiding as can be seen to be symbolic of coming into the world where life is lonely. Here the negative connotations are very apparent by them being stated overtly, "Where are those who sought you" whereas in "Half-past Two" the conclusion is significantly more positive and hidden In conclusion we see that each of the poems study how innocent children first experience the nature of oppressive society but the conclusion and essentially message of "Hide and Seek" is considerably bleaker. We sense that "Half-past Two" is more of a magical experience for the child rather than the barren jejune nature of "Hide and Seek". It is also more positive and is more of a lesson than "Hide and Seek" that is a revelation of abandonment and loneliness. Tracks 2 - Coursework essay Bimal Sualy 10L Page 1 ...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 Child Development 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 Child Development essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Child Development - Child Study

    4 star(s)

    Jack also made friends with another boy who was not part of the group and gave him a soft toy as the boy had nothing to play with. Interpretation On this visit I learnt how Jack interacts with others. I took him to Ants in your Pants (an indoor play area).

  2. 'Half Past Two' and 'Hide and Seek' are poems that attempt to capture a ...

    However, his childlike world has not yet prepared him either for understanding the concept of a detention or the concept of staying their "till half-past two". This adult convention of time has not been explained to the child, who is bewildered and confused by the situation.

  1. Child development - Study of a child

    * Physical play as a whole * The things that my child should be able to do at her age * Benefits of physical play * Activities * Toys for physical play Although most play is Physical in someway, physical play takes place where children are using their whole bodies, and their large muscles.

  2. Compare how Fanthorpe and Scannel present the experience of being a child in “Half-past ...

    This re-emphasises that Fanthorpe's attempt to "give a voice for the voiceless" has failed. It merely highlights how bewildered the child has been by the events of the day and his inability to understand the rules and principles of adulthood.

  1. "The use of innocence in literature is never innocent" How far do you agree ...

    have experienced the western world towards the traditional India : "And there they were, the Foreign Returnees, in wash'n'wear suits and rainbow sunglasses. (...) With love and a lick of shame that their families were so... so... gawkish. Look at the way they dressed!

  2. Compare how Fanthorpe and Scannell present the viewpoint and concerns of a child in ...

    We notice that the boy uses capital letters for anything that he thinks is important or anything he is concerned about. Fanthorpe has made it seem as though anything the boy doesn't understand, he worries about and gives it great importance.

  1. How do the writers of 'Brendon Gallacher' and 'Hide and seek' convey painful moments

    fact that he is excited, as the seaside is a fun place to be. On the other hand, the seaside is quite a secluded place so it could also be to show the fact that the child feels quite alone.

  2. Child development study - I will compare my visits and look at Aroushs development ...

    Before going to the shops, I saw Aroush being dressed by her mum. I noticed that Aroush was helping to get herself dressed and she even put on her sock by herself, but her mum positioned it for her. According to http://www.babycenter.com/0_toddler-milestone-self-care_6503.bc a child between the ages of 13 months

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