Stephen

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  • Stephen Wheatley
    • Character reveal at end
      • German name = Stefan Weizar
      • ironically his dad was actually a spy
      • becomes translator for mechanical installation manuals: dull, attentive to detail - seen throughout novel as he make effort to recall exact moments, ironic choice - Stephen is portrayed in youth as painfully inarticulate and tongue-tied
    • Dominated
      • Keith dominates him
        • Blindly admires + idolises Keith
      • other kids also bully
        • Call him Weedy based on surname
    • Unreliable narrator
      • writing from memory of something from 60 years ago.
        • Frequently re-orders events + struggles to remember detail
      • However seems HONEST
        • Does not lie about Stephen's enjoyment at beating the man at the Barns
          • Common for people whom are bullied to want to exert control over something that he perceives tp be even lower in natural hierarchy than self
    • Immature
      • Hates germs (leads to pun with GERMans)
      • Self-centered
      • starts to  see girls differently (often refers to bosoms)
      • Plays juvenile games with Keith
      • During first meeting with BB in hideout - finds her repellent + beneath notice
      • Ignores people in hope they will go away. e.g. ignores BB during first meeting in hideout, ignores parents + avoids qu when asked about whereabouts and if being bullied, ignores man at Barns when finally is revealed
    • Strict ideas of social propriety
      • has to obey adults + keep promises
      • reluctant to read Mrs H's diary
    • Aware of 'social inferiority'
      • e.g financial diff between him + other houses in the close and Keith
      • refers to Mrs H's 'incomprehensible kindness'
      • Internalises criticism and blames self for being cowardly thus intensifying feeling of inferiority
    • Ironically  more imaginative than Keith
      • Instead of concocting unbelievable stories about family's prowess to impress Stephen, Stephen anticipates consequences actions or events so vividly that he leaves self  terrified beyond words e.g when imagining self in coffin
    • Braver than he thinks
      • constantly belittles self when actually braver than Keith e.g doesn't hand over silk scarf when throat slashed by Keith
    • Falls under spell of LAMORNA
      • Lamorna = name of BB's house which he associates with wildness, sensuousness+ emerging sexuality
        • S is kissed by BB and is disappointed in the summer when she does not respond to him and instead goes out with Dave Avery
    • Becomes aware of own more mortality
      • Marks moment all children go through where they realise life is finite
  • Dominated
    • Keith dominates him
      • Blindly admires + idolises Keith
    • other kids also bully
      • Call him Weedy based on surname
  • Shown with sympathy but also humour
    • e.g 'undersized boy with the teapot ears'
    • Stephen Wheatley
      • Character reveal at end
        • German name = Stefan Weizar
        • ironically his dad was actually a spy
        • becomes translator for mechanical installation manuals: dull, attentive to detail - seen throughout novel as he make effort to recall exact moments, ironic choice - Stephen is portrayed in youth as painfully inarticulate and tongue-tied
      • Unreliable narrator
        • writing from memory of something from 60 years ago.
          • Frequently re-orders events + struggles to remember detail
        • However seems HONEST
          • Does not lie about Stephen's enjoyment at beating the man at the Barns
            • Common for people whom are bullied to want to exert control over something that he perceives tp be even lower in natural hierarchy than self
      • Immature
        • Hates germs (leads to pun with GERMans)
        • Self-centered
        • starts to  see girls differently (often refers to bosoms)
        • Plays juvenile games with Keith
        • During first meeting with BB in hideout - finds her repellent + beneath notice
        • Ignores people in hope they will go away. e.g. ignores BB during first meeting in hideout, ignores parents + avoids qu when asked about whereabouts and if being bullied, ignores man at Barns when finally is revealed
      • Strict ideas of social propriety
        • has to obey adults + keep promises
        • reluctant to read Mrs H's diary
      • Aware of 'social inferiority'
        • e.g financial diff between him + other houses in the close and Keith
        • refers to Mrs H's 'incomprehensible kindness'
        • Internalises criticism and blames self for being cowardly thus intensifying feeling of inferiority
      • Ironically  more imaginative than Keith
        • Instead of concocting unbelievable stories about family's prowess to impress Stephen, Stephen anticipates consequences actions or events so vividly that he leaves self  terrified beyond words e.g when imagining self in coffin
      • Braver than he thinks
        • constantly belittles self when actually braver than Keith e.g doesn't hand over silk scarf when throat slashed by Keith
      • Falls under spell of LAMORNA
        • Lamorna = name of BB's house which he associates with wildness, sensuousness+ emerging sexuality
          • S is kissed by BB and is disappointed in the summer when she does not respond to him and instead goes out with Dave Avery
      • Becomes aware of own more mortality
        • Marks moment all children go through where they realise life is finite

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