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

"With reference to early chapters of the novel, examine the ways in which Leos lack of preparation for the adult world in Brandam Hall is depicted, and discuss why this is an important theme of the novel"

Extracts from this document...


"With reference to early chapters of the novel, examine the ways in which Leos lack of preparation for the adult world in Brandam Hall is depicted, and discuss why this is an important theme of the novel" The Go Between needs to be set in a time when it is feasible for a boy to be ignorant of the facts of life when he is almost thirteen. The loss of innocence is an important theme of the novel. For the book to work, it is necessary for Leo to be old enough for there to be signs of his stirring sexuality as well as for him to be ignorant of actual facts. Obviously a 20th century setting was not specifically required for either of these situations but it is very effective to choose a new century and to make it one which was to be gravely affected by conflict - the century which witnessed two world wars suits Hartley's purpose very well. ...read more.


Crying in the real school world is an indulgence only allowed after 'lights out' and Leo's plight seems very realistic as he tells us that he couldn't ask for sympathy because ' to confide in someone for the sake of confiding; that simply was not done.' Leo's feeling of having to find his own solution to his predicament is very realistically portrayed and also the way he can be a victim one moment and a here the next just because of a chance incident when the bullies are injured seemingly as a consequent of Leo's curse. School life is like this. Realistic, too, is the way Leo is portrayed as exploiting the situation by charging money in return for necromantic tips! Leo in the first 3 chapters of the book is landed in the deep end by going to Brandam hall. He is thrown into an adult world when unprepared. Fear of embarrassment is a common adolescent emotion. ...read more.


There are a lot of important themes in the book, the most evident being the discovery of sexuality and of the grown up world of a teenage boy, the loss of his innocence. He is scarred s******y by his summer experience later on in the book, and at the end of the book, he has turned into an emotionally hollow adult. Another main theme is past and memory; L.P Hartley begins the book with "The past is a foreign country. They do things differently here" In conclusion, Leo seems even in the more unbelievable parts of the book to be a real boy even when he is making a magic potion with a deadly nightshade plant. Harley does not let us forget this is a twelve year olds approach to witchcraft thus the weird ritual seems at times just like an experiment in the school chemistry lab especially when Leo is aware that he should leave 'all utensils clean and workmanlike, remembering that others have to use them after you". ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Fyodor Dostoevsky 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 AS and A Level Fyodor Dostoevsky essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Analysis of Italian novel I'm not Scared

    3 star(s)

    . . . Monsters don't exist. It's men you should be afraid of, not monsters" [p. 170]. Michele soon realizes that this true. This is down to the fact that he is quickly discovering the harsh actuality of the world he lives in., which previously he had been protected from.

  2. "Crime and Punishment" novel study Assignment. Outline, characters,setting and conflict.

    She did not dare take a single order or accept a single job of work without the old woman's consent. Another thing was that the old woman had already made her will, a fact that was known to Lizaveta, who did not stand to inherit a single copeck, just the

  1. Albert Einstein is quoted as having said, "the world is a dangerous place to ...

    People are much nicer than TV often portrays. Fourth, monitor your self-talk. Refrain from phrases that are packed with negative energy. Instead, focus on words and phrases in the language that lift the human spirit. These include words like: "Love" "Thank you" "I appreciate you" "Let's make it better" and "Today's the beginning a great week."

  2. Write a comparison of "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" and "The Drowned ...

    We still understand that the narrator considers the giant a beautiful, impressive, and splendid object, however the giant has the ability to deceive his mind by appearing to be one thing when it is in fact another. Marquez's use of characterization is quite unusual compared to Ballard's.

  1. memoirs of a geisha Discuss how the author portrays the life of a ...

    of life as she brings the highest profits to the geisha house. This is because she gets the highest bid for her mizuage and also a rich danna. '�11,500 was the highest ever paid for a mizuage in Gion...the fee for my mizuage is more than enough to repay all my debts to the okiya.'

  2. toll bridge In What Way Are Recognition and Conscious a key theme ...

    Often when we are in difficult situation, the ones who give comfort are our true friends. In the chapter ' Coming To', after Adam is injured and banded his head, Jan dragged him in and took care of him. However, Jan did not know the motive of helping Adam knowing

  1. It is extremely important when mountain walking to have the correct equipment especially when ...

    Map Compass First aid Bivi bag Kisu (group shelter) Penknife Flask Torch Mobile phone Some of this equipment could have been taken as personal items. Nutrition Nutrition is vital when going on walking expeditions especially when walking for a long period of time.

  2. Following on from this stage of the Slavetrade work we had to develop our ...

    I did this to show that the slaves words meant nothing to me and as if to show that he did not deserve the right to apologise and speak to me, this created the humiliation factor within Deans character because we were to imagine that this was in the middle

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