Through the description the relationship between the characters, presents Anil’s father, Appa, as an abusive bully in his domestic environment, but a coward in the presence of the headman. “a …show more content…
In addition to this, the word ‘snarl’ suggests it is almost a primal instinct leading her to dislike her sons father, and the referring her to an animal shows the raw emotion inside of her.The story uses foreshadowing within the horses on the moor to present how the father and sons relationship is destined to be broken, and is unfixable.
The contrasting descriptions of the horse show how the story may turn out badly towards the end. At first, we are told the horse is ‘softly curious’; displaying the innocence of the pairs expedition and intentions. However, we are soon told that the horse ‘looks through dark, deep fringed eyes’, suggesting an almost evil malicious intention despite its innocent appearance at first. This change in character foreshadows the events to come as, despite both father and son wanting the expedition to go well, deep down they both know that their broken relationship is far beyond repair. http://www.northleamingtonschool.warwickshire.sch.uk/attachments/article/138/Miss%20F's%20Compass%20and%20Torch%20guide.pdf themes for Anil:
Dreams of the future
Relationships/ Family – the role of each member of the family
Superstitions: Lack of Education?
Morality – what is right/wrong
Treatment of women
themes for compass and torch:
Relationships (between father & son)
Growing up/ Childhood