Anthony Fielding's Character

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  • Anthony Fielding's Character
    • Background
      • He lives in a farm with his parent and he is a local farmer,
      • He attends a day school which is about 14 miles away unlike Hooper and Kingshaw to go to private schools,
      • He has one older brother who is 13,
      • He has a normal relationship with his parents and appears to make friends easily,
      • He has a small face which is 'as brown as a nut'
      • He has a selection of pets- Archie the Tortoise and a hamster,
      • He appears only in three chapters but he demonstrates that childhood happiness does exist,
      • He shows how sensitive Kingshaw is as Hooper doesn't have control over othr children,
    • Personality/ Character,
      • He is independent and confident
        • Kingshaw lacks confidence but he makes friends easily with Kingshaw and when Fielding invited Kingshaw to play in the fields, we are told Kingshaw is 'at ease'
      • He is practical and a good listener,
        • Fielding tries to reassure Kingshaw that Hooper can't hurt him when he tries to frighten him,
        • He tells Kingshaw to be forceful and to tell Hooper to 'stuff it'
        • he tells Kingshaw that he will be his friend and that he is welcome to come to the farm anytime,
      • Not sentimental,
        • he sees natural events first hand due to being raised on a farm,
        • Although he has a pet tortoise, he is not sentimental as he talks about cutting heads off turkeys at Christmas to sell,
      • He is enthusiastic,
        • When he accompanies his father to market with the calf that is going to be slaughtered, he offers Kingshaw to join them but he refuses as he is anxious and sensitive,
        • He is keen to see the moths in the red room and calls them butterflies'
      • he is normal and well-balanced,
        • Hooper can't bullying him like Kingshaw as he has no hold over him so it shows he can make friends easily,
    • The readers' feelings towards Fielding
      • He presents normality and we can relate to his experiences more than those of Kingshaw and Hooper,
      • He shows the reader that secure and well-balanced children can emerge from loving families,
      • His endless care free days spent playing with other children undisturbed by the adult world brings us a sense of normality to an otherwise sad novel,
    • Fielding and love
      • He is the only character who represents true love,
      • He is loved by his family and friends and is loving himself,
      • Except from Hooper, all the characters desire to be loved,
        • Mr Hooper desires a sexual and intimate love with Mrs Kingshaw,
        • Mrs Kingshaw strives for security and status and pleasure,
        • Kingshaw wants his mother and father's love,

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