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Essay about Katherine Paterson's Happy or Unhappy Ending

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Katherine Paterson's Happy or Unhappy Ending

Happiness seems different for all the characters, for Gilly happiness isn't something she has been able to experience yet. This is due to the fact she does not live with her mother and does not know her mother very well. At the beginning Gilly is very unhappy. Moving from one foster home to another is affecting her badly. She believes that happiness is being with her mother, but her theory soon changes. Gilly realises that being with her mother is not what she wants, being with
Maime Trotter however is. Gilly wants to leave Nonnie (Gillys
Grandmother) and move back with Maime Trotter. Happiness for William
Ernest and Maime Trotter is what they are living in now. Nonnie is very happy
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It makes her worse and want to see her mother more. When
Nonnie (Gillys Nan) turns up, Gilly realises she has family she never knew about. By then, Gilly has started to like Maime Trotter so she doesn't really want to leave and in upset when she is forced to leave.
Gilly changes radically by the end. She grows up a lot and isn't so rebellious. Her need to know her mother is no longer strong and Gilly would rather live with Trotter. She is a much nicer person who is experiencing happiness for the first time. I think it is a happy ending for Gilly as she seems to be happy and she realises that
Trotter really does love her.

William Ernest Teague is another child Maime Trotter is fostering. We don't learn much about his past, but I don't think it was a happy one.
Both of his parents were killed when he was younger and he is a victim of bullying. I think William is happy, but obviously doesn't like being bullied. When we first meet W.E, he comes across as a quiet, lonely child. He soon comes out of his shell though, and we see he that he is a talkative, bright boy. At first, Gilly bullies W.E, but she realises that it isn't very nice, so she tries to get along with him. He begins to like her and they end up being best friends. When
Gilly runs away and gets caught, it really hurts W.E. He is devastated because by then they are really close and does not want her to leave
'Don't go.' Pg.84. When she
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