Isaac Campion By Janni Howker In What Ways Could It Be Said That 12 Year Old Isaac Is More Grown Up Than His Father?

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It could be said that twelve year old Isaac Campion is more mature than his father. This is because he is very sensible and responsible for his age whereas his father can behave very thoughtlessly and childish at times.Isaac's father Sam acted rather childishly when his own son died. He was only worried about revenge. It wasn't really anyone's fault Dan had died. "A cruel accident" that was all it was, "just two half grown lads larking about." The problem was one of them happened to be Dick Lacey. There had been a sort of family feud going on between the Lacey's and the Campion's and Sam would not be the one to stop it. He "made sure Dan's funeral was the biggest spectacle the churchyard had seen since the death of Mrs. Lacey." He was using his own son's death as a way of getting revenge at another family. "It was as if revenge mattered more to him then grieving." It was incredibly immature and thoughtless of him. "He went deep in his purse for Dan's funeral" and "made a great show of it" so getting revenge on someone else must have meant an awful lot to him because he was willing to spend so much on it.Isaac saw Dan's death as a terrible thing. A day "fixed" in his mind "like a picture." Something he would never forget. He did his "fair share of sobbing" and acted as though his brother really meant something to him and wasn't the slight bit interested in revenge. That day changed Isaac's life forever "because life in a family is not routine when the oldest son dies." He was pleased that the funeral was a "big event", but that was not because of hatred towards another family, that was because he loved his older brother and wanted him to be remembered.Isaac had to change after Dan died because he was expected to take Dan's place and do all the jobs Dan had done. He had to do as his demanding father wanted "or get in the workhouse." His life would never be the same again and "there was no Daniel anymore" to stick up for him. He felt on his own and his father was his "master." If his father told him to do something, "he'd jump to do it". He would "dare not say no!" He knew his father had a "domineering way" with him and "a hard hand!" Isaac did jobs for him because he had to. "There was no pleasure in doing a job for him." Sam obviously cared more for his work than for the happiness of his children. He didn't seem worried about what Isaac wanted. When Isaac was given some cake as a celebration his father made sure he didn't join in. "He couldn't even take pleasure in his own son having a bit of curd cake." This made Isaac hate his father. His heart "turned black against him" and he knew it was a "terrible state...

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