Stone Cold Essay

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Cristy Yun ! Describe an interesting character in the novel. Explain why you find this character interesting. ! In the novel 'Stone Cold' by Robert Swindells, a character I find interesting is Link. He is homeless and alone on the streets of London after troubles at home leave him hurt and unloved. I find Link as an interesting character because of his naivety when he first arrives in London, the way he manages to overcome the obstacles of living on the streets of London and how he becomes more independent and streetwise over time, gaining insight into life. Swindell uses Link to highlight the plight of the homeless so that the reader can better understand them, work towards rehabilitating them and including them back into society. ! Link is an interesting character because of his naivety when he arrives in London. Link narrates the story retrospectively, showing that he is aware of the mistakes he makes and highlights his naivety even more. He makes an impulsive decision to leave home, without realising the harshness of the big world, outside the family home. This is shown when Link arrives in London in mid-winter and he realises that it's, 'Not a good idea'; he is also quite happy and confident that he'll be able to last till he finds a job with just, 'a hundred and fifty quid'. Link sees himself as, 'dead green', this metaphor shows that he is unaware and inexperienced. The word 'dead' with negative connotations foreshadows the danger he is in and links to his eventual battle with Shelter. Furthermore, when he accepted the deal made by the landlord for, 'fifty a week' he was, 'thankful at the time', as he had a place to lay his head and to keep out of the chilling winter cold. Though he realises his mistake and learns about some 'other places' he could've tried, like the 'YMCA, where there's help and advice and food as well as a bed if you're lucky enough to get in'. This again highlights his naivety and adds to his interesting character. When the scouser steals his doorway and takes his watch on Link's first night on the streets of London, Link cries, 'it's not fair' again emphasising his naivety. This also shows his innocence and lack of understanding about how cruel people can be. He's reminded by Ginger, 'Nobody gives a toss. That's the first thing you've gotta learn.' When he visits the 'DSS' and tries to seek a job, it shows his naivety and misunderstanding of how harsh life can be by saying, 'how'm I supposed to live?'. Ginger again reminds him 'they'll say you made yourself homeless' cause you left your mum's place voluntarily.' This is because he doesn't know that he'll get no benefit and that it will be a waste of time as the 'DSS' won't offer him a job at all. After this, Link is left with fifty pounds to survive on, nowhere to live and still without a job. I find Link's naivety and lack of preparation is interesting because it helps me to understand how daunting new experiences can be and also the importance of planning big...

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