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Ha'penny by Alan Paton

Literature In English TESLian
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Ztie Ab Kahar

on 30 March 2014

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Transcript of Ha'penny by Alan Paton

Alan Stewart Paton
born on 11/1/1903 at Pietermaritzburg, Natal
died on 12/4/1988 at Durban,Natal
Author's biography
Themes
Loneliness that surrounds the waif / orphan

The need of having a fine family institution

The discrimination according to the colour of skin

The responsibility of being an adult
Plot
Cry The Beloved One (1948, San Francisco)
The most famous novel written by him (15 million copies sold)
Spurred 2 films & a musical entitled Lost In The Stars
Stimulate awareness of apartheid abroad
Too Late The Phalarope (1953)
Wrote when he worked in tuberculosis settlement
Alan Paton's writings
BY ALAN PATON
HA'PENNY
EXPOSITION
The narrator worked at a reformatory school
He met Ha'penny, a boy who caught shoplifting
Ha'penny told him about his family
He has a mother, two brothers ( Richard & Dickie) and two sisters (Anna & Mina)
Plot
Rising Action
Ha'penny wrote letter regularly to Mrs Maarman
The narrator found out that Mrs Maarman really exists
The narrator asked Ha'penny about his family again
Plot
Climax
The lies that Ha'penny made discovered by the Narrator
Ha'penny fell sick and was suffering tuberculosis
The narrator wrote a letter to Mrs Maarman telling her about Ha'penny
Plot
Falling action
Mrs maarman adopted Ha'penny
Ha'penny died and buried at the reformatory farm
Resolution
Mrs Maarman left for Bloemfortein
The narrator continue his life and job
Setting
Time
Sunday afternoon
Place
Reformatory school
Bloemfontien
Reformatory farm
Social
Discriminated society
Point of view
First person point of view
The narrator is one of the characters
' I ', 'me', and ' we ' are used
Readers only know what the narrator knows and observes
Examples :
" We buried Him on reformatory farm..."
" I began to feel a great duty towards him."
Characters
Ha'penny
Dynamic character
12 years old
From Bloemfontien
A waif without any relatives
A Mosuto
Naughty and uncontrollable
Clever boy
Has strong desire to have a family
Suffer from tuberculosis
Characters
Mrs Betty Maarman
Archetype
A decent women
Loving
Compassionate
Pious
A coloured woman
Tones
The Narrator
Responsible
Thoughtful
Persuasive
" ...the sickness would have come."
Guilt
" when you put up the cross,put he was my son."
Disgust
"...she knew him only as a derelict of the streets..."
Sad
" i wished i had done something sooner, or more wise..."
Symbolism
" Ha'penny "
Symbolises himself as 'half a penny'
Something of negligible value
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