Compare and contrast Fielding

Compare and contrast Fielding’s home and mother to Warings and Kingshaw’s own mother.

  • Fielding’s relationship with his own mother is much more relaxed.
  • Here ease, her clothing, her demeanour.
  • Not fussy, accepting, not worried by the hamster’s mess.
  • Farmyard smells and ‘dirt’, live animals – fecund! Noisy.
  • Warings, oppressive, silent, old, dead.
  • Mrs K fussy, outwardly caring but inwardly selfish.
  • Appearances count, no depth of feeling
  • Mrs K short skirts, dangly earrings


Compare and contrast Fielding with Hooper


  • Extravert
  • Open
  • Carefree
  • Sensitive
  • Generous
  • Sharing
  • Matter-of-fact
  • Has knowledge but shares it
  • Talkative
  • Natural



  • Closed
  • Nosey
  • Introvert
  • Vicious
  • Greedy
  • Cunning
  • Manipulative
  • Uses knowledge as a weapon
  • Uses advantages
  • Bossy
  • Controlling
  • liar


Explain why Fielding becomes so important to Kingshaw

  • he shows how normal people are and shows K that is another way of living and being
  • his easy acceptance of Charles, not pushing, not invasive.
  • gives K hope that things could even will be different
  • only Charles knows Fielding so he acts as an anchor outside the grimness of Warings and Hooper; his port in a storm
  • Gives K hope about his new school
  • Becomes a role model for Kingshaw’s behaviour.


Why do we as readers feel that Fielding’s friendship with Kingshaw could make all the difference to Charles

  • Hill points up the difference between the way of life at Warings and the Fielding’s.
  • We see Kingshaw finally talk to someone about his situation and although he doesn’t really understand he gives practical advice and we feel that if only Charles heeded it …
  • We are shown Kingshaw’s realisation that things could be different as he processes the idea
  • Hill portrays Fielding as rational, product of a normal family and situation and we realise the others aren’t really.


Could Fielding have done anything to change the outcome of the story.

  • Probably not; he didn’t truly understand
  • Didn’t take K entirely seriously
  • Thought K should stand up for himself; quite scornful of K’s weakness but k doesn’t take it as criticism just wisdom.
  • Who’d listen to an outsider anyway?
  • In his world view K’s suicide would be incomprehensible.


Explain why Kingshaw is so upset when Fielding is invited over for tea.

  • K feels he’s ‘lost’ his friend.
  • K has lost this battle because Fielding will never fight
  • Also feels he’s lost the only thing that was really his
  • He sees Fielding trying to mediate between the two and realises he will never judge either him or Hooper; feels humiliated
  • He’s appalled at his mother’s insensitivity
  • He wanted to keep Fielding and Warings separate as his refuge.


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