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How do social pressures affect the key characters in the stories you have studied.

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Daz 4 Zoe is a story set sometime in the future. Robert Swindells novel about two young people is, on the surface, a love story but primarily is a warning about what could happen in the future if we let Government and politics over -run freedom of speech, thought and provoke the aggressive feelings of people who's actions speak louder than their words We also could have a divided society, where living conditions, opportunities and importance are vastly dependent on your social status. " The rest of this book is fiction but it could come true, and we Wouldn't like it if it did. You'll see what I mean when you have read it" Thomas Hardy's short story is set in a fictional part of rural England he calls Wessex. These stories were written in the late 1800's. The language Hardy uses reflects what life was like in this setting for both classes. "Why Sam, how could you be so fast! I've never even said I liked 'ee', and it is all your own doing, coming after me!" Both Thomas Hardy and Robert Swindells deal with characters that are affected by the social pressures of their time. In Daz 4 Zoe we learn about a boy and a girl who meet and fall in love in unusual circumstances. Daz is a Chippie he lives with his mum in a small, inadequate flat with almost no modern amenities. He lives a life, which has been invaded and destructed by political unfairness. This social pressure has caused him to rebel against the dictatorial government and join a group of malicious, villainous terrorist called 'Dred'. ...read more.

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At the start of the story Zoe's character is very dependant, insecure and does not think for herself. This is the same with Daz's character. He has gone along the same path as his brother did because he has not got a thought of his own. When the two characters meet they change their opinions about each other and their community. Daz and Zoe soon develop their own thoughts and feelings with drastic actions and revolutionary results. Zoe is out Chippying because of the boredom and mundane lifestyle that she lives in the suburbs. Subbies go out chippying for the 'Buzz' that you get from chippying. This is evidence that the two sides of the fence are in complete contrast with each other and if they were merged together they would be able to live together because each side has something that the other side does not have. "What happens is, some kids get fed up cooped up. I mean all right-a suburbs a pretty nice place." Zoe and Daz nearly risk their lives. Daz risks his life to save Zoe and her friends and Zoe risks her life to go Chippying with her friends. The two characters fall in love but cannot be together because of the common belief that chippies and subbies must not 'fraternise'. There is another common belief that you are expected to marry into your own social class and you do not try to alter you're social status .This is the same as the belief in the Thomas Hardy story. In both stories the two key characters that are in love fight for their right to be together and have freedom. ...read more.

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This is the same case in the novel Daz 4 Zoe here the government has divided the society and most people have accepted it. Apart from a few people that have fought against it In the way that people in the world we live in fight against unfair treatment of people that are less fortunate in the way that the chippies were less fortunate than the subbies and F.A.I.R fought for them. Robert Swindells cleverly uses the name F.A..I.R it an attempt to highlight the fact that they were fighting for fair treatment and that was the right thing to do. Robert Swindells Uses different governments that have different levels of dictatorship to each other. He makes the most powerful government part of the higher class the way that the most powerful governments in this world are the ones that have the richer government with more opportunities dictate most of the world and have the most power. Compared to the smaller governments that have the least power and have violent organizations in the way that smaller countries that are less powerful have to use violent methods to get results in the way that the chippies had to form the group "Dred". Robert Swindells also highlights the fact that we are loosing our privacy and freedom due to governments and organizations knowing too much about our lives and being able to keep track of us all the time. He does this by creating a Government organization known as D.S. who know everything about everyone and can hide things up and control peoples lives. Roberts Swindells is sending out a message that we could have a divided society in the way that Daz and Zoe lived in the Novel if we let government and politics control our lives too much. ...read more.

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