Essay on The Lesson and Mid-term Break

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Introduction to The Lesson and Mid-term Break

"The Lesson" tells the story of a 10 year old boy who has lost his father in the duration of school time. It goes on the say he's trapped and although he feels grief for the death of his father he realises that he can use the death to "bind the bullies' fist".

"Mid-Term Break" is about the loss of a brother. It goes on to say that life goes on even though he has lost his brother and he witnesses things he does not normally experience (his father crying).

"Mid-Term Break"

Meaning

The meaning of "Mid-Term Break" is to tell the story of an accident involving a young child and a vehicle. He tries to explain how life goes on and the death of the boy's brother doesn't mean that
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In the first stanza the poet uses lines to describe how the child sits alone without any idea about what is going on "Sat all morning" and
"counting bells knelling classes to a close". This shows he has been alone, sitting all morning. Also "counting bells knelling classes to a close" shows alliteration to allow the line to flow and shows that he's so bored that he's counting the school bells ringing (later we discover that kneeling is also the sound a funeral bell, a glimpse of what is to come). Also the boy comes across another unforeseen incident " Neighbours drive me home" This shows something extremely uncommon and shows the importance of the circumstance that even his parents cant pick him up. At this stage so many things must be going through the boys mind and he must be very confused.

The next stanza starts with another uncommon sight "in the porch I met my father crying". This shows that it must be very a serious incident that even his father, someone who is supposed to never cry and always show his strong side, has been broken by all that has happened. It even goes on to say that "he had always taken funerals in his stride" so this particular circumstance must be much more serious than all the other funerals he had ever been to.

The next stanza begins with "the baby cooed and rocked the pram" not only does this use onomatopoeia (cooed) but also implies that life goes on and the bay is completely oblivious to the
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