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Robert Westall 'the Scarecrows' We Are Unable To Sympathize With Simon's Point Of View Because He Fails To See The Points Of Others

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I disagree with this statement to a certain extent in that, Simon, a young man in his late teens should be enjoying his life by going out to parties and seeing his friends, but instead of that he has been living a quite cheerless and unhappy life because his father, Derek died a few years ago.Now because Simon does not have a stable life it would seem to the reader that he would want to bond with his mother, Debbie and his baby sister Jane, but Debbie has sent him to a boarding school where he hardly sees them.With Simons dad dead he wouldn't want a replacement for a new father because it would show he is trying to take the original dad's place, but Debbie on parents day turns up in a big, ...view middle of the document...

Debbie without notice blurts out she was getting married again and Simon wasn't even informed that they were dating let alone getting married.Further more Debbie wasn't even going to enlighten Simon that she was going to move to Cheshire with Joe and Jane and the only reason why did was because Simon said,"I can't come home. Ever.""That's one of the things we've got to talk about. I'm selling the house."An explanation of this is Debbie obviously knew getting re-married was going to affect Simon's life because everything was going to change for him, and Debbie didn't want to hurt Simon more than she had done.Then she started to talk to him again, asking what he wanted to keep for the new house in Cheshire, but soon after that she began to choose what he kept and threw away. Reciting two important lines from the book,"Your Hamsters, give them away.""What about your Model Railway? Sell it. Give it away. Give it to Billy Turner."This is showing the reader that firstly she was asking Simon what he wanted to keep but then she made the suggestions for him.However, although Simon has been through a lot it suggests to the reader that he has to move on and try and accept what has happened. Debbie wants to get re-married she loves Joe and they have a very strong relationship which she said she never really had with Derek. Also when Derek was still alive he was planning to leave Debbie and the family. There is a line said by Debbie which showed that she wasn't happy the way things were without Joe,"You were fine Simon, I was lonely"This tells the reader that she wants to move on and start a new life.In addition, I agree with the statement because once Simon...

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