Tuesday, 27 December 2011

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN-CHARACTER

ROBERTA (BOBBIE)

Roberta is 12 years old. She has a brother named Peter and a younger sister named Phyllis.She is fondly known as Bobbie in this novel. She is the eldest of the three. One of her characters is, she is a very persistent person.She doesn't easily throw in the towel when the odds seem to be against her.

There are many incidences in the novel where we can see her persistence. For example, in chapter 3 (page 17 - paragraph 5 - lines 1-3),we can see how determined she was in getting the things necessary for her mother's recovery when her mother was ill. Her persistence paid off when the old gentleman gave the things needed for her mother's recovery.

In chapter 6 (page 38 - read the whole page), Perks was not happy with people giving him presents.He was worried that people would laugh and make fun of him.Bobbie persistently reasoned with Perks about the good intentions of the village people giving him the presents until he relented and accepted the gifts.Finally, Perks celebrated his birthday with a happy note.

In chapter 7 (pg 42 - the whole page), she did not give up in finding a way to help secure her father's release from prison. She was persistent even when her mother had given up. She secretly wrote a letter to her friend the old gentleman asking for his help to clear her father's name.In the end her father was released from prison.


*Brave - Chapter 5, Chapter 7, Chapter 8 
*Kindhearted - Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 8
*Responsible - Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5 

*Moral - we must not easily give up when things seem impossible. We must keep trying by finding means and ways to make the impossible possible like Roberta.


PETER


Peter is Roberta's brother. He is the second child in the family.  Peter is a very brave and smart young chap. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He has a knack for railway engines. He was overjoyed when his father gave him a steam engine for his birthday.
One distinct character of Peter is sharp-witted (intelligent).In Chapter 5 (p29 - p4 - lines 1-3), It was he who gave the idea of using something red in colour to wave and stop the train from meeting a certain disaster.He cut his sisters' red petticoats into six pieces and put them on to sticks.Peter together with his sisters waved at the coming train until it stopped.
In Chapter 6 (pg 36 - p1 - lines 1-3), Peter was honest in giving the idea of asking the village people to give gifts for Perk's birthday.He told his mother about their true intention of giving Perks the presents.Many people gave gifts for Perks birthday party.
In Chapter 2 (pg 12 - p 3 - lines 1-3), we can see the daring side of Peter. He was daring enough to steal coal from the railway station at night but he did it ignorantly. Peter innocently thought it was alright to take some coal from the station.
In Chapter 8 (p46 - p1 - lines 1-4 / pg 47 - p2 - lines 1-4), we can see how brave Peter was in searching for the boy in the red shirt in the dark tunnel.He was shaking in fear but still he continued the search for the boy with his sisters.


PHYLLIS
Phyllis is the youngest child in the family.  She is the cutest of the three.She is quite a bubbly character. She is very naive and insecure.She is also very sensitive but easily forgiving.
In Chapter 5 (p29,30 & 31), we can see the brave side of Phyllis. She together with her elder sister and brother managed to stop the train from meeting with a terrible accident.
In Chapter 1 (p7 - p1 - last line), Phyllis felt very insecure when they moved in to their new house at the countyside. 
While in Chapter 6 (pg 38 - p1&2),Phyllis became very sensitive when Perks refused to accept the gifts the children had brought to him. She was so hurt by Perks's words that she started to cry.
In Chapter 4,5,6 and 8 we can see how loving, caring and helpful Phyllis is.

MOTHER 

Mother is a homely type.We can read this in Chapter 1 (page 1 - paragraph 2 - lines 1-3). She spends most of her time at home, playing with the children or reading stories to them.Usually she read the stories she wrote to them.She is a very protective woman. She protected her children from worrying or feeling sad about their father. She did this by not telling them what actually had happened to their father. She also told them that they need to play being poor for a while in order not to cause more anxiety on them.
In chapter 2 (p12 - pg 1 - lines 2-3), we can see how resourceful she is. Mother wrote stories and sold them to put some food on the table.
In chapter 4 (p21 - pg 3 - lines 1-3), we can see that Mother is a very proud person. Although they were poor, she strongly discourages her children from telling people that they are poor and asking strangers to help them.
She is also a very caring and loving Mother.In Chapter 1 (p1 - p2 - lines 1-3), Mother was always ready to play with her chlidren. She also read stories to them.
Whereas in Chapter 9 ( p53 - p1 - lines 2-4), she taught her children their lessons as they have stopped going to school for some time now.
In Chapter 8 (p50 - p1 - lines 8-9) , she took in the injured boy into her house and nursed him to health.


FATHER
The children's father worked in a government ofiice. He was a civil servant. He was an honest and hardworking man. He was wrongly accused of being a Russian spy and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
In Chapter 1 (pg 1 - p 3 - lines 2-4),we can see how tolerant and wonderful he is. He never gets angry at the children nor at his wife. The children love their father very much for he is always happy and ready to play games with them.
In Chapter 1 (pg 3 - p1 - lines 1-3), when Peter showed him his broken steam engine, father looked at it carefully and smilingly told Peter that there is hope (optimistic) that his steam engine could be repaired.He is also a grateful man.
In Chapter 9 (pg 57 - "Yes',said Father.'It's him I must thank.'). Father was grateful for his release and wanted to thank the old gentleman for helping him to clear his name and secure his release from prison. 
PERKS
A Railway Porter
Friendly, Proud, Hardworking, Reasonable, Responsible
OLD GENTLEMAN
Friendly, Helpful, Kind, Resourceful

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73 comments:

  1. Can I get more notes about themes, settings, chracter study, lessons,moral values and more in paragraphs?

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  2. you can see in the books, there is much information

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  3. A VERY GOOD WORK TO BE SHARED WITH ALL THE ENGLISH TEACHERS, TQ...

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  4. thanks :D very helpful

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  5. yes ! thank you very much ! very helpful =)

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  6. thanks for the notes. i used it for the course i had attended. ^^

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    1. You're welcome Cikgu....glad that my notes were of help to you!

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    2. Can i Know the main character of Railway Children?

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    3. The main character for this novel is Roberta (Bobbie).

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    4. What are two character that work together to obtain succes?

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  7. Thx for the notes ...., u help the students ...,

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  8. can i get (The Character that i like in the novel is...?)

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  9. COMPLETED!!!! THX FOR SHARE!!!

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  10. who is the main character in Railway Children?

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    1. The main character for this novel is Roberta (Bobbie).

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  11. hello..
    can i know about the good or qualities of the characters in the novel,please ?? i need it very much.. :(

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  12. thanks..its really help for teaching purpose..~~

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  13. thanksa million...very helpful indeed

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  14. can i know what characterics Ms. Ransom hold?

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    1. You can read about Mrs Ransom in Chapter 6 (pg 35-36).

      When the children approached her to ask something from her for Perks birthday,they got a cold shoulder from her. She told them that tomorrow was her birthday and nobody would remember it.Therefore,she couldn't be bothered about Perks's birthday.

      But, the children being kind and compassionate, cut some roses and put them into a box together with one of Bobbie's prettiest handkerchiefs and left the box inside the Post Office door for Mrs Ransome when she was not looking.

      Mrs Ransome, repaid their kindness by giving some red apples and a pram for Perks's birthday.

      In conclusion, Mrs Ransome was lonely and felt that nobody cared about her.She felt rejected and yearned for attention. She was so happy when the children showed her some kindness and compassion.Their kindness and love had changed her from being a grumpy old lady into a loving and caring woman.


      *I hope this will suffice...

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  15. how should i start my sentences? means from, (The character that i like the most is.....) like that?

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  16. You can start your sentence like this:-

    1.The character that I like the most is...
    2.Bobbie is the character I like the most.
    3.The character that I like the most from the novel 'The Railway Children' is...

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  17. how can i score full mark ? i just got 11 mark :)

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    1. It's a tricky question!To get a full 12 marks is almost a miracle but is not impossible.Below is the list which you can use as a guide to get that score :-

      1.Requirements of task fulfilled
      2.Ideas and details well developed,well organized with evidence from text
      3.Varied sentence structures
      4.Wide vocabulary
      5.Accurate use of language
      6.Accurate mechanics of writing

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  18. Mdm, I would like to know... is there any diferrent/common between moral values and character. like Baravery for example, i think its suitable both question abt MV or Character. i allways confuse between these two things. Thanks :)

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    1. First of all, I am not a Madam. I'm a male English Teacher.

      Moral Values - are principles and standards which determine whether an action is right or wrong.
      Character -moral or ethical quality.

      In most cases 'Moral Value(s)' go hand in hand when we talk about a person's character. The value a person upholds in life brings out his character.A person with good moral values will have a strong character.

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    2. I'm so sorry sir, And thanks for the informations

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  19. The best English site I've seen. Extremely halpful and informative. Keep it up!

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    1. I'm glad that it could be of help to you....

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  20. Thank you for the information... I use it for my pt3 trial ~

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  21. Ive finished my first exam...and in the novel section i was confused because they ask to write about ' AN EVENT THAT CHANGES THE CHARACTER' and i dont understand that...Can sir please teach me how to do that??

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    1. An Event that changes the character. ...

      First let's break down the points...(We'll use the WH-Questions)

      1.What (type of) event....?--You need to mention about 1 event only.
      2.Where did it happen....?
      3.Who was involved.....?
      4.How did the event cause the character to change...?
      5.Did the event cause the character to change for better or worse...?

      Sample events:-

      1. Family had to move to a small cottage in the countryside.
      2. Peter got caught stealing coal.
      3. Perk's birthday celebration.

      Let's take the second event/incident:-

      Peter stole coal from the railway station thinking it was alright to do so. It was going on for a couple of days.Even his two sisters were partners in crime. But,one day Peter was caught by the station master.The station master rebuked him for stealing.Starting from that day Peter turned over a new leaf. That event made him realize that taking things without asking permission is actually called stealing and it was morally wrong. He stopped stealing coal from that day onwards.It also made him to be more mature and humbler person.

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  22. can iknow the characteristic for mrs viney and dr forest

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  23. Thank You for the information

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  24. Thank You for the information

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  25. Help me with this:
    1. A sacrifice in the story and some moral values that you learn from it.
    2. The old gentleman whom the children just met at the country side and how this character play an important role in the story

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    1. Sacrifice - you can write about Roberta's mother.
      -patient
      -hard working-providing for the family-writing strories
      -independent

      the old gentleman
      -helped them when their mother was ill
      -managed to get their father free from the prison

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  26. Sir , can you ask me how to write about 'the title suits the story or not' ??

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    1. Sorry Fairuz, can you be more specific in your question...I don't get what you are asking...

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  27. Can I ask you something if the question is like this. 'Write about the old gentleman whom the children just met at the countryside and how his character play an important role in the story' how do we answer this?

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    1. The old gentleman is a kind-hearted and helpful and very resourceful person. He helped the children by giving them the things which they asked for when their mother was ill. For example,milk and fruit and some other special things to eat in order to get well. They couldn't afford to buy them, so the old gentleman help deliver the food to them. The old gentleman was a kind enough to provide them with all the things they had asked and some they had not.

      He was the one who helped the children's father to get released from the jail by using his resources.

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  28. what about evidence of bobbie or roberta being responsible?

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  29. I want character of responsibility ?? help me

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    1. Responsible:-

      -In chapter 2, Roberta did not run away or hide when Peter was caught by the station master for stealing coal from the railway station. She was responsible enough to admit her role in stealing the coal together with Peter and Phyllis.
      -In chapter 3, Roberta took the responsibility to get the things needed for her mother's recovery from her sickness by asking for help from the old gentleman.
      -In chapter 7 when she found out about her father's arrest, she took the responsibility to free her father even when her mother had given hope. She sought the help of her dear friend, the old gentleman and he helped secure her father's release.

      I hope this will help you to answer the question...All The Best.....

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  30. Can give me theme and moral value...

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    1. Just type in the search engine and you'll find them....

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  31. May I know how to write a essay about my favorite character? My favorite character is bobbie.

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  32. First : You need to specify the novel
    Second: You need to specify 3 points why she is your favorite character.
    Third : You need to give example to support your points.

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    1. Can you give me the example of favourite character?

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    2. You can use Roberta as your favourite character...Use the notes in my blog on this page...ALL THE BEST!

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  33. May I know a character that shows compassion and the evidence?

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    1. You can write about :-
      Mother, Bobby or even the old gentleman...as for the evidence you can find it in the novel by reading it...all the best!

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  34. Can you give information about Mrs. Viney ?

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