Compare franks murder of his 3 victims
Frank lovingly describes the murder of his three victims. Banks may have been influenced by the ‘video nasties’ from 1970s-80s that has helped shape and form the way he has presented the deaths of his victims. The similarities of each victim are the way Frank disposes of them are all disturbing. The difference is that the reason for their disposal all have different underlining themes and messages that Banks may present his view through.
When Frank was five years old he placed a snake in Blyth’s artificial leg whilst he was asleep. When they awoke Blyth strapped on his leg to play football. He was bitten and died from the venom. What makes this death different from Paul and Esmeralda is that Frank killed Blyth for revenge. The concept of getting revenge may be influenced by the movie ‘I spit on your grave’ released in 1978. Which is about a woman getting revenge after being raped by killing the rapists. What’s disturbing is that Frank was only 6 years old and was capable of coming up with a clever way of killing. ‘My heart beat wildly and I licked my lips’. Throughout the novel it is the reader wonders whether its his lifestyle that caused his disturbing behavior or is it his nature. Frank is thrilled while he puts his plan into action to kill Blyth. As he is only six years old it infers to the reader that his disturbing behavior is instinctive. This is emphasized with the predatory vocabulary used; my heart beat ‘wildly’ and I ‘licked my lips’. Blyth’s death is the only death out of the three that the reader doesn’t feel much sympathy for and actually likes Frank for doing what he did. This is probably due to Blyth being the only person that he killed who is older than himself and for making Eric unhappy as Frank cares for him. Furthermore out of the three victims Blyth is the only one illustrated to be a masculine and malicious person in contrast to Paul and Esmeralda’s innocence.
The readers view on Paul’s death...
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