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English IOP

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Charlotte Barratt

on 14 January 2014

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Transcript of English IOP

The Role of the Child Character in
The Road
The Child Character
and
The Fifth Child
Lizzie Reis, Charlotte Barratt and Jaqueline Karlsson
Characterisation
Plot
Tone and Mood
Symbols and Motifs
Point of View
Setting
Their relationships with other characters
Dynamic aspects of the character
Their overall characteristics
How important the character is to the story line
How the character affects conflict
Turning point for the character
The mood created by the character
How the character contrasts the setting
How the character compliments the setting
How the character can be linked to the social-historical context of the novel
How our interpretation of the character is affected by the narrative perspective
The Fifth Child - without Ben
Alternate storyline
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Harriet and David meet at an office party and fall very deeply in love. Together, they buy a big house and quickly have six healthy children named Luke, Helen, Jane, Paul, Bella and Joseph.
At work, David gets several promotions to the point where he has a high-paid, stable job, which provides everything for the family, without the help of his or Harriet’s parents. Harriet proves herself to be a natural, caring mother and maintains a strong, loving marriage with David.
All six of their children grow up comfortably and happily, in particular Paul who becomes a world renowned university professor of psychology. Even when their children leave home, their big family home is constantly lively and filled with guests and family and Harriet and David live happily ever after.
An apocalypse destroys civilisation and the man and his wife are forced to stay indoors and live off the meagre supplies they still have. As they become more and more desperate, the wife becomes more and more deranged at their lack of purpose in life. Although the man tries to reason with her, she eventually takes the gun with two bullets and shoots the man, and then herself, in the head.
The Road - without the boy
Alternate storyline
An apocalypse destroys civilisation and the man and his wife are forced to stay indoors and live off the meagre supplies they still have. As they become more and more desperate, the wife becomes more and more deranged at their lack of purpose in life. Although the man tries to reason with her, she eventually leaves him in order to face up to their unavoidable death. The man, distraught, packs up the few remaining supplies and tries to head South in hope of survival but, with no true aim, feebly struggles and dies in the bitter cold.
or
BEN
Main Character
Protagonist and Antagonist
Static
THE SON
Main Character
Protagonist
Complex
Motifs, Symbols and Themes
Evil
Punishment of hubris
Abnormality
Nature vs Nurture
Motifs, Symbols and Themes
The Fifth Child
The Road
The future generation
Purity / Innocence
Religious connotations
Sweeper
Harriet
David
Paul
John
Amy
Relationships
with other characters
The Father
Ely
The thief
Relationships
with other characters
Being returned from the institution
Start
End
Turning Point
Start
End
Turning Point
Reaching the ocean
Ben
The boy
What the character represents
How the character links to theme
Thank you for listening
The role of the child character is obviously intentionally significant, but, as shown in the contrast between The Fifth Child and The Road, he/she can affect the novel and its elements in many different ways.
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