The Bone People- Relationships Essay

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The Bone People- Relationships

Relationships surround us all though out lift. Everyone needs some type of relationship, whether it's a friendship, family, or lover. People can't last without them, no matter how different the relationships are. In the novel The Bone People, it's based on the relationships between the three main characters; Kerewin, Joe and Simon.

The relationship between Kerewin and Joe was very odd. They have a type of relationship that they aren't even sure about, they like each other, but don't realize it. It's starts off with Joe asking Kerewin: "Are you afraid of kissing," and Kerewin answers "I don't like kissing." (pg: 265) It's both a strange question and answer. Then later on in the page, Joe keeps on
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The father son relationship between Joe and Simon is not like any normal relationship. Joe can be a good father at times, but is unfortunately abusive towards Simon.

"Eh, I don't know why I hit you," he says in a low voice, talking more to himself than his child. "I'm drunk or I'm angry, I'm not myself… even when it's necessary to beat you o I don't know, it's not like I'm hitting you, my son…"
Simons moves, and Joe looks down to see what he's saying.
It feels like it is, says Simon wrily.
He closes his hands over the child's small hands.
"Thank you for not holding grudges," his voice lower still, husky and shaking a little. "God knows I deserve your hate… but you don't hate," he says wonderingly, "you don't hate." (pg:171)

Then after he hits him, he feels sorry for himself and apologizes to Simon about it. He does it no matter what type of state his in, whether it's sober, or drunk. But then there's the good side of Joe, the side that cares about his son. He's talking to Kerewin about his son trying to get over the mother's death in school, and the teacher's want to put him into special schools and classes:

"They recommend an institution of some kind or the other.
For handicapped kids, you know the kind."
He leans over and ruffles the boys hair.
"And they'll put you in that kind of place over my dead body," he says grimly.
"Look," he says, after a minute, "he's bright. He can understand
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