The Comparison of Gregory from Gaskell's The Half Brother's and Michael from Dickens's The Poor Relation

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The Comparison of Gregory from Gaskell's The Half Brother's and Michael from Dickens's The Poor Relation



This essay will scrutinize the characters of Gregory from Gaskell's
'The Half Brothers' and Michael from Dickens 'The Poor Relation
Story'. Initially the essay will analyse elements of the characters
personality as well as the origin of the personality and how it is
created by the influence on each characters family. Additionally, the
analysis will similarly focus on more intimate elements of each
character such as isolation and how the author creates sympathy.
Furthermore the essay will conclude by contextualising the moral and
social issue, which underpin the stories and to observe if there
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For instance when describing Frank he calls him 'a different
boy by, nature'. This perhaps suggests that Michael is reflecting his
own personality as portrayed through a make-believe Frank. However,
Frank may simply be an image of Michael's own lost son who he recalls
from his more comforting past. Dickens reference to 'difficult native'
perhaps reflects Michaels own feelings of individualism as a character
that does not easily fit in with those around him.

Using the evidence above, it can be suggested that the relationship
between Gregory and Michael's personality have similar messages and
meanings. Both characters are low in society and are disrespected in
reality. But Gregory seems to be unaffected by the reaction of the
people who judge him wrongly but Michael seems to be greatly affected
by it and so he creates a fantasy world to suit his own needs. It
could be implied that Gregory is a more stronger and confident then
Michael as a character.

Gregory's family influence and actions has an exceedingly large affect
upon Gregory's individual personality and behaviour change thus starts
the family's misapprehension of Gregory's factual traits. For example
after mother died the narrator quotes 'But every one said he…

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