Topics: Poetry, The Tyger, Bullying Pages: 5 (2329 words) Published: February 20, 2013
KES Kes is a story of knowledge, of love and not just about a boy and his hawk, It shows the life of a boy from a poor family, and his struggle to get through his teenage years, a story of a boys life which was planned before he was even born. It all starts with a boy named Billy Casper, Billy is the central character in the play and some may say that he is no angel but is he really a villain? He may have nearly knocked Mr Porter of his ladder and he hits Jud when he’s drunk but all of his wrongdoings are never unprovoked, like when Jud steals Billy’s food and pushes him out the way whenever he’s in a hurry. Billy is bullied in school because of his size, as he is a lot smaller than all the other children, he is mistreated by his mother by his fellow peers and by his teachers, but not all his teachers, Mr Farthing is probably the only person that Billy trusts to be around Kes because, he understands, he understands that Billy isn’t the sharpest tool in the box and that his bird is the only thing that set’s him apart from all the other children in his school. Where many would have just given up trying to tame the bird, Billy has exceeded he is now confident enough to give a speech in front of the whole class because in his mind he is one thing that all the other boys aren’t, he is unique.  The story is set in a run down Yorkshire mining town where the best job you can get is ending up down dingy old, dark shaft mining. Billy’s family is broken. Jud, mum and Billy constantly bicker and bully each other. Billy realises that most of his problems come from home and the fact that no one supports him, everything started to go wrong for Billy when his dad left and all we hear about him is that “ He ere a wrong en ”. There is no one to provide support for Billy –the only person who does is Mr Farthing. Billy loves Kes and she becomes part of his family. It is doubly cruel that Kes is killed by Jud, who should know how much the bird meant to Billy. Family life then is not always happy, but it’s possible to survive, yet it affects people’s behaviour and attitudes. Billy isn’t a star pupil but he tries, his mind always seems to be somewhere else and due to his low grades he is bullied even more. The adults in Billy’s life treat him as an outsider, as if he was the runt of the litter, for instance there is his mum who is a very interesting person to have in a book. As well as making things happen, she stirs up strong emotions in us and makes us sympathise in Billy even more. She helps us realise that Billy’s problems are caused by the people around him, as much as himself - and that family life, which could be supportive, can actually be destructive. Yet remember that Billy’s mum has brought up Billy and Jud, and has taught them many of the things they know and do. Mr Sugden is a bully. He takes Billy for P.E lessons and bullies him, “Shut up lad! Shut up before you drive me crackers”. Mr Sugden is an example of a poor teacher, not concerned with the welfare of the pupils, just about getting his own way. Jud is a villain, he bullies Billy and Mrs Casper. Every time we see him he is causing trouble: killing Kes, stealing Billy’s bike ect. He does not have much of a life, he bitterly hates working in the pit, but does this excuse his bad behaviour? Billy is a victim of circumstances beyond his control. His tragedy is caused by social deprivation- there is nothing wrong with Billy that a different home and school environment wouldn’t cure. When he is with Kes, he does well. He is skilled- which he isn’t anywhere else in his life. When Kes is killed, Billy has no motivation left in life and nothing to love. What job will he end up doing when he leaves school? Will he end up like Jud? Will he end up stealing again? Some people may wonder why Jud is in the play I think it is because Jud shows us what Billy might grow up to be. Jud shows us what Billy is like by the way that he reacts to him. Juds relationship with his mother tells us about...
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