Main Points of Barry Hines' "Kes" Essay

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Main Points of Barry Hines' "Kes"

In this essay, I intend to discuss three main points highlighted in
Barry Hines’ play, ‘Kes’. The main theme that I will explore is how
Barry Hines viewed teachers in the 1970’s (when the book was first written). Kes brought up the question of whether corporal punishment worked or not. I aim to conclude to whether or not corporal punishment worked. Another aspect of the education system in the 1970’s that I will explore is if pupils from poorer backgrounds were disadvantaged and treated differently. Kes is the story of a young boy named Billy who struggles in life to really do anything. At school, he is always getting into trouble and fights, at home; his relationship with his mother is
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Billy, Macdowall and the other smokers eventually bully him into taking the cigarettes. Every time he tries to give Gryce, the message
Gryce snaps at him and he does not get the chance to deliver the message. The messenger tries to give the message to him and he quite politely says, “Please sir.” The response from Gryce is “Don’t interrupt boy, when I’m speaking” When I read that I thought how unreasonable a response that was. As far as I can tell, he was not even speaking. The poor messenger had politely asked for Headmaster for his attention but instead of getting it, he was told to shut up and go into his office. This is a good quote as it tells us that teachers did not really care very much at all and were rude to the kids. As soon as Mr Gryce saw the boy he immediately judged him and assumed that he was in trouble for one thing or another.

Another example of a bad teacher is the P.E teacher Sudgen. At the start of Act 2 Scene 14, the boys are talking about Sudgen before he arrives. “I hate P.E with him. It’s always football” This quote shows that the teacher did not do anything with them apart from football.
This shows that either the P.E system only taught football or that the teacher was lazy and enjoyed football. I believe that it is the later.
There are two other quotes in the same page that back my point up. One of the boys says, “We haven’t been in the gym for years now” (Page
30). This quote gives the

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