The novel ‘Runner’ shows us how much Charlie cares about the people in his life. Discuss
In the novel ‘Runner’ written by Robert Newton, we see that Charlie has a very caring nature, and will do almost anything for the people who are important to him. Charlie generally is always willing to do anything for those he cares for, as an example, even though he does go against his Ma’s will and starts to works for Squizzy, he does it so he can achieve a better life for his family, to give Ma and Jack a nicer way of living.
Charlie really cares about the Redmonds and after he makes a lot of money when he wins the Ballarat mile running race he shares it with them. He offers as much of his winnings as Mr Redmond wants to take, so that he is financially better off. Charlie really means it because when he was talking to Mr Redmond after he had won the race, ‘It ain’t just the runnin’, Mr Redmond. Ya done so much fer us, I don’t know where we’d be without ya.’ The reason he said that is because The Redmonds had given so much to the Feehan family, and were always willing to help them out, Charlie offers the money, because he feels like it is an appropriate gesture to show his appreciation. This proves Charlie cares about the Redmonds, as much as they care about him.
Charlie and Nostrils’ are on a liquor run when the cross Barlow and his mates, Barlow soon begins to beat Nostrils’, and Charlie runs away to safety. Charlie wants to help his friend out, but he felt paralysed, like he couldn’t physically move because he was so afraid, and ashamed of leaving him there by himself. He said ‘Far worse than fear, it was shame that paralysed me.’ Because Charlie cares for Nostrils so much, he is upset and regretting his decision of leaving Nostrils to fight for himself. The regret he has shows that he does truly care about Nostrils because it is shown how bad he feels for the mistake he made.
When Charlie goes to the bakery that Alice works at and her father owns,...
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