The Importance of Kes to Billy Essay

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The Importance of Kes to Billy

" Fast asleep during the lord prayer! Ill thrash you, you irreverent scoundrel!" These are the words of Mr. Gryce, Billy's headmaster. The context this is in is that Mr. Gryce needed to make an example of somebody and Billy was his chosen victim. The school Billy goes to isn't a particularly nice school by any means this is however made worse by the fact that Billy is in a class known as the Easter leavers. At home Billy is thought to be destined to work in the mines like his older brother Jud.

Billys dad ran away when Billy was just a young child and Billys mother is more interested in herself than Billy or Jud. Jud watches his own back and has no real plans in
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For example, when Bilyy has just finished football his sports teacher, Mr. Sugden is behaving very childishly because he lost in the game of football, and he blames it on Billy. He pushes Billy in the showers and turns the cold water on. Billy demonstrating his care for Kes jumps over the other side of the showers and throws his cloths on and goes home to feed Kes.

Another demostration of how important Kes is to Billy is when we see that Bily is willing to kill other creatures for Kes.

Kes also helps Billy by forming a formal relationship with Mr. Fathing. This is the only relationship that we see in the book where an adult isn't looking down on Billy as if he were a used bandage! An example of an adult looking down on Billy is in the sweet shop where Mr. Porter says

" You know what they said when I took you on, don't you?" he pauses as though expecting answer. He then goes on to give Billy the answer, even though it is obviously a ritorical question.

" They said, you'll have to your eyes open now, you know, 'cos there all alike off that estate. They'll take your breath if you not careful.' These few lines sum up what every adult thinks of Billy, there expecting him to fail and thus aren't any more interested in him than they are on the mud on the bottem of their shoes. As I said earlier the only adult who reacts differently to

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