Friday, July 26, 2013

The Railway Children : Hardship faced by the main character

Choose an event in the novel that portrays the hardship faced by the main character. With close reference to the text, discuss how she / he tackles the problem.

Model Answer


     I studied the novel, "The Railway Children " by Edith Nesbit. In this novel,Roberta or Bobbie and her siblings lived with their parents in London. One day, two strangers came and took their father away.After this sudden event, they had to move to a small house in the country. Their life changed and they had to face a lot of hardships.
     Bobbie, the eldest child in the family and the main character in this novel directly felt the hardship. An event that portrays the hardship faced by Bobbie is when Mother fell ill.  Peter fetched the doctor and before the doctor left, he listed the things needed for Mother. They did not have the money to buy all the things listed.  Bobbie  loved her mother very much and had to think of a way to overcome the problem. She and her siblings wrote a message on a white sheet for the old gentleman on the 9.15 train. It told him to look out for something at the station. Phyllis gave the old gentleman a letter. The letter explained what happened to Mother and asked the old gentleman for help to get the things on the doctor's list. That evening, Perks delivered a large box to the house, Inside the box were all the things on the doctor's list and some other extra things.  Bobbie finally got all the things in the doctor’s list for her mother with the help of the old gentlemanTwo weeks later, Bobbie and her siblings wrote a message on a white sheet telling the old gentleman that Mother was getting better.
      This event shows how Bobbie, the eldest child in the family tackled the problem. Although Bobbie was still a child, she had a lot of good qualities which other children at her age do not possess. 
  


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