The Blurb For A Kestrel For A Knave By Barry Hines

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The Blurb for A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
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I don't think the blurb for the novel "A Kestrel for a Knave" by Barry
Hines gives you an accurate idea of what the book is about. The blurb
is over-simplified and makes it seem like there is no hope for Billy.
In this essay I will show the writer's skill in creating believable
characters; how the writer creates a realistic family life for Billy;
Billy's relationship with the hawk; the writer's use of contrasts and
description; the structure of the book e.g. Flashback.

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I don't think this is true because although Billy's
mother seems to neglect him I don't think that she hates him. I just
think that she isn't sure how to deal with him. I don't think that his
brother, Jud, actually hates him either- although they seem to fight a
lot e.g. "He swung his fist under the covers and thumped Billy in the
kidneys" (p2). I just think that Jud is a bit jealous of Billy because
Billy is the youngest and because of Billy's determination not to work
in the mines, although Jud is already stuck with it. Billy doesn't
seem to have many friends and the ones he does have seem to have
fallen out with him because of his recent interest in his hawk. I
would agree with the blurb that Billy's family is mean and tough but I
don't think anymore so than Billy, as he says he has been in trouble
with the Police in the past. I think that the fact that his father has
run away and left him and that his mother has so many men staying over
has had a bad effect on Billy as I don't think that he any longer has
much respect for his mother. I would also say that his father was
somebody he could probably talk to and got on better with as shown
when Billy happily remembers his dad taking him to the
pictures-although it didn't end well- so when he left Billy felt quite

One part of the blurb, which I agree with, is the part about Kes being
Billy's only companion. The only time Billy seems really happy is when
he is with his hawk, Kes. His love of the bird seems to have separated
him from his other friends. He spends all of his free time with bird
and has stopped hanging around with his usual crowd, "Cos I don't
knock about wi" their gang anymore" (p91). Kes and Billy are alike in
some ways the bird is untamed and wild and in a way Billy is too, I
think Billy can relate to his bird. In the book I think that the
author uses the bird as a sort of symbol of hope for Billy....

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