An Eagle for an Emperor
A Gyrfalcon for a King
A Peregrine for a Prince
A Saker for a Knight
A Merlin for a Lady
A Goshawk for a Yeoman
A Sparrow hawk for a Priest
A Musket for a Holy Water Clerk
A Kestrel for a Knave: The Hawk
There are 208 species of hawks in the world…
A Kestrel for a Knave <ul><li>Main Entry: knave  </li></ul><ul><li>Pronunciation: ˈnāv </li></ul><ul><li>Function:  noun  ...
The Novel’s Plot and Technique: <ul><li>The action is based on ONE DAY! </li></ul><ul><li>It occurs one day in late Februa...
Main characters: <ul><li>1. Billy Casper- the knave, a physically small, undernourished 15 year old; picked on by his olde...
Characters <ul><li>4. Mr. Farthing- a born teacher; gives relaxed, informal classes, but deals with misbehavior sharply an...
Kes must stand as a character <ul><li>She represents independence, and symbolizes hope for Billy; survival is possible wit...
Minor Characters: <ul><li>Mr. Porter: is the newsagent Billy works for; he is bad tempered, rude, distrustful </li></ul><u...
More minor characters <ul><li>4. MacDowall: a school bully, hostile to Billy and jealous of Billy’s relationship with Kes;...
Really minor characters: <ul><li>> Jordan, Fisher, Mitchell, Whitbread, Purdy, Ellis, Sparrow, ‘Fatty’ and ‘Spotty Crew-Cu...
Some Themes: controlling ideas in a work
Compassion
Authority
Class
Nature
Review: <ul><li>1. Did you get the last theme? It was  nature </li></ul><ul><li>2. Can you trace the  one day plot ? </li>...
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Emil Pulido on A Kestrel for a Knave

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Emil Pulido presents an overview, or a review, of A Kestrel For A Knave. This is a novel by Barry Hines.

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  • Plot- (broken down for you)
    1. Billy is woken by Jud
    2. Forced to do paper route on foot
    3. Steals chocolate & orange juice
    4. Runs out of house after argument with mother
    5. Goes to see hawk- Kes
    6. Flashback- how he fetches Kes & steals book on falconry from library.
    7. Early rising and paper route cause him to fall asleep @ school during assembly
    8. Dreams about Kes and himself when he falls asleep
    9. He is caned for falling asleep, along with some other boys (boys for smoking)
    10. After caning, Billy goes to English class- Mr. Farthing gets Billy to tell class about hawks
    11. Mr. Farthing rescues Billy from a fight with McDowall, a bully
    12. Billy forced to play in a football match as a goal keeper
    13. Billy goes home for lunch
    14. Billy uses Jud’s betting money to buy lunch for himself and Kes
    15. Mr. Farthing comes to see Billy’s hawk
    16. Billy goes back to school
    17. Jud’s horses win; Jud comes looking for Billy
    18. Billy successfully hides from Jud @ school
    19. Billy goes home at the end of the school day and finds Kes missing from the shed
    20. Billy finds Kes dead in the dust bin
    21. Mad with rage Billy attacks his mother and Jud with the dead body of Kes
    22. He wanders and visits ruined cinema where he spent a last happy evening with his father.
    23. Billy goes home; he buries Kes; no one is home; he goes to bed. The End
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Emil Pulido on A Kestrel for a Knave

  1. 1. An Eagle for an Emperor
  2. 2. A Gyrfalcon for a King
  3. 3. A Peregrine for a Prince
  4. 4. A Saker for a Knight
  5. 5. A Merlin for a Lady
  6. 6. A Goshawk for a Yeoman
  7. 7. A Sparrow hawk for a Priest
  8. 8. A Musket for a Holy Water Clerk
  9. 9. A Kestrel for a Knave: The Hawk
  10. 10. There are 208 species of hawks in the world…
  11. 11. A Kestrel for a Knave <ul><li>Main Entry: knave </li></ul><ul><li>Pronunciation: ˈnāv </li></ul><ul><li>Function: noun </li></ul><ul><li>Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cnafa; akin to Old High German knabo boy </li></ul><ul><li>Date: before 12th century </li></ul><ul><li>1 archaic a : a boy servant b : a male servant c : a man of humble birth or position 2 : a tricky deceitful fellow 3 : jack </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Novel’s Plot and Technique: <ul><li>The action is based on ONE DAY! </li></ul><ul><li>It occurs one day in late February or March. </li></ul><ul><li>Flashback technique is used. </li></ul><ul><li>The novel’s structure is EPISODIC. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s climax is withheld until almost the last few pages. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Main characters: <ul><li>1. Billy Casper- the knave, a physically small, undernourished 15 year old; picked on by his older brother, has an uncaring mother, is bullied at school by students and teachers, is athletic and good with animals. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Jud- Billy’s older half brother; works in a coal mine; a hard drinker and bully; he kills Kes. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Mrs Casper- about 35 or 40; a slovenly, lazy and promiscuous woman; a cold, uncaring mother. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Characters <ul><li>4. Mr. Farthing- a born teacher; gives relaxed, informal classes, but deals with misbehavior sharply and immediately; he tries to give his lessons ‘ life meaning ’, and listens to his students. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Mr. Gryce- the headmaster; society and education have altered- he has not. He is too old to adapt and change; he can now only lash out at what he cannot change or have sympathy for. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Kes must stand as a character <ul><li>She represents independence, and symbolizes hope for Billy; survival is possible without losing one’s pride. This relationship temporarily saves Billy from a waste land of deprivation and cruelty. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Minor Characters: <ul><li>Mr. Porter: is the newsagent Billy works for; he is bad tempered, rude, distrustful </li></ul><ul><li>Reg & Uncle Mick: are men who take advantage of Mrs. Casper’s promiscuity and immorality. </li></ul><ul><li>Tibbut: was once a friend of Billy’s; his major role is to act as a foil to Sugden before the soccer match. </li></ul>
  17. 17. More minor characters <ul><li>4. MacDowall: a school bully, hostile to Billy and jealous of Billy’s relationship with Kes; he taunts Billy about his mother’s immorality; he is a smaller scale of Jud. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Anderson: speaks with surprising fluency in Mr. Farthing’s class; also appears in soccer match. </li></ul><ul><li>6.The Librarian: unhelpful and unsympathetic towards Billy; causes him to steal book. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Really minor characters: <ul><li>> Jordan, Fisher, Mitchell, Whitbread, Purdy, Ellis, Sparrow, ‘Fatty’ and ‘Spotty Crew-Cut’ are boys who make brief appearances. </li></ul><ul><li>> The farmer and his daughter are initially hostile to Billy, but then become more friendly and co-operative. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Some Themes: controlling ideas in a work
  20. 20. Compassion
  21. 21. Authority
  22. 22. Class
  23. 23. Nature
  24. 24. Review: <ul><li>1. Did you get the last theme? It was nature </li></ul><ul><li>2. Can you trace the one day plot ? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Can you identify the flash back? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Do a plot outline for the novel and you will really understand much better. </li></ul>

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