Turn on thread page Beta

Themes in Spies? watch

Announcements
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hey everyone,

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some information about the following themes in Spies:
    Growing Up
    Relationships

    I do have some idea, but I just need some confirmation..

    The themes are a bit hard to recognise in the novel, I think the easiest to recognise and talk about is probably War..

    Anyways,
    Thanks to anyone that does reply
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    growing up/coming of age
    relationships
    secrecy
    ermm. that is all i can think of i ve only read it once
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    rite of passage, the sexual symbolism of the tunnel and the way barbara helps stephan grow up with the smoking, kissing etc
    what kind of info do you need? im doing spies atm too, re-sit lol.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by emilina)
    what kind of info do you need? im doing spies atm too, re-sit lol.
    Well, I just needed some info on what I would need to write if one of the themes came as a question..
    Do you have any basic ideas that I could put down on any themes? I would probably expand on them.. and maybe develop my own thoughts from your ideas..

    Thanks
    And good luck for your re-sit!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I gleaned this off another Spies thread about themes

    Identity
    Names
    Family
    Friendship
    Self Identity and Value
    Appearance
    Age
    Nationality
    Class Issues
    Masculine
    Feminine

    German V English
    Boy V Girl
    Young V Old
    Past V Present
    Poor V Rich
    Parents V Children
    Childhood V Adulthood
    Keith's School V Stephen's School
    Close V Lanes
    Hayward V Wheatly
    Innocence V Experience
    Kindness V Cruelty
    Light V Dark
    Fact V Fantasty
    Influence V No Influence
    Normality V Abnormality
    Barns V Keith's House
    Lawful Love V Real Love
    Honour V Shame
    Clean V Dirty
    Moral V Immoral
    Keith's Father V Stephen's Father
    Keith V Stephen
    Repression V Expression
    Heros V Cowards
    Respectability V Disrespectability
    Safety V Danger
    Helping V Hindering
    Love V Hate
    Private V Public
    Loyalty V Disloyalty
    Auntie Dee V Keith's Mother
    Rank V Sweetness
    Privet V lamorna
    Heimweh V Fernweh

    Belonging
    Role and Place of Women
    Englishness
    Sexual Awakening
    Perception and How we Interpret the world
    Memory
    Privacy
    Betrayal
    Secrecy
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SuperStaah)
    Hey everyone,

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some information about the following themes in Spies:
    Growing Up
    Relationships

    Growing up - the book is about Stephen's transition from a child to an adult, so he goes through a lot of changes. He starts realising the consequences of his actions, starts taking an interest in girls (Barbara Berrill), and does grown up things like smoking and kissing. Also he becomes more independent, not following Keith's lead all the time.

    Relationships - if this is just a general theme then you could talk about the relationships between loads of the characters:
    Mr & Mrs Hayward
    Keith & Stephen
    Stephen & Barbara
    Stephen & Mrs Hayward
    Keith & his father
    Stephen & his family
    and discuss similarities and differences.
    For example, the way Keith treats Stephen echoes the way Mr Hayward treats Mrs Hayward and Keith - bullying, lots of discipline, but in a restained way.
    & there's a lot to say on the relationship with Stephen and Keith, with Stephen being the follower all the time even though he knows Keith can be wrong - e.g. when Keith spells 'Privet' wrong, Stephen lets it pass because he knows Keith is the leader.

    Can't think of anything else
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Okay thanks shotgunkisses! That deffinetly did help
    And thanks everyone else aswell!
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SuperStaah)
    Thanks
    And good luck for your re-sit!
    thanks
    Also, despite the fact Keith is the leader, Stephen is much more mature, and many of his ideas are actually possible, where as Keith's are very childish.
    make sure you mention the tunnel if you talk about growing up. its a representation of them growing up, once they have come out of the tunnel they are no longer children.
    And his relationship with Barbara is also closely linked with his relationship with Mrs H. He often talks about both of them when he talks about kissing and Lamorna etc.
    Good luck to all on wednesday lol.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    HELP!

    im so crap at Spies and seem to be gttin progressivly worse!
    i am tryin to revise! and am picking key themes and characters and will find quotes.... if anyone has some to start me off will be much appreicated!
    also if any1 wants to discuss spies in general (however boring it is!) am also up for sharing ideas!

    any other revision tips are much appreciated!

    good luck for all on wednesday!
    xx
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    i also apprently cant spell!
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta
Updated: May 11, 2009

University open days

  • University of Lincoln
    Brayford Campus Undergraduate
    Wed, 12 Dec '18
  • Bournemouth University
    Midwifery Open Day at Portsmouth Campus Undergraduate
    Wed, 12 Dec '18
  • Buckinghamshire New University
    All undergraduate Undergraduate
    Wed, 12 Dec '18
Poll
Do you like exams?
Useful resources

Make your revision easier

OMAM

Ultimate Of Mice And Men Thread

Plot, context, character analysis and everything in between.

Notes

Revision Hub

All our revision materials in one place

Love books

Common grammar and vocabulary problems

Get your questions asked and answered

Useful literary websitesStudy help rules and posting guidelines

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.