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
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Frank has mentioned in the book that he greatly despises his mother so because Paul is related to her Frank sees his death inevitable. Frank was eight years old when he killed five year old Paul. Frank found a bomb and said that it was a bell and told Paul to hit it when he gives the signal ultimately leading to Paul’s demise. What makes the reader feel sympathy for Paul and completely change their views of is that Paul is illustrated to be completely innocent a naïve. ‘The noise jus after sumday brekast’. The mispronunciation of Sunday and breakfast accentuates Paul’s innocence as well as being only five. In his short dialogue the mispronunciation of words is continued and when he thought the bomb was a ‘brekast’, which frank corrects to be a bell adds to the naivety to Paul’s character thus heightens the reader’s sympathy to Paul and hatred to Frank. Out of the three victims Paul’s was the only one that frank felt any sense of guilt as he said that his ‘back felt funny’ when he walked to the dunes. This is probably due to Frank’s fondness of Paul and him being his little brother. This is what makes it disturbing as the reasons for his guilt should be reasons for frank not to kill him so his beliefs must be really strong for him to kill Paul. This could be Banks way to satire religion for their strong beliefs leading them to actions he would deem to be foolish.
Out of the three victims Esmeraldas death is franks most thought out