In the novel Featherboy by Nicky Singer, the central character and narrator, Robert Nobel, is a very believable character. He changes quite a bit in the novel and these changes are presented to us in a very realistic way by the author.
I think the way the author writes Featherboy in 1st person narrative is very effective. The reader can really tell what Roberts’s thoughts are. Robert sometimes has strange thoughts. ‘Its dark but of course there are street lights. Warm lozenges of orange, the colour of boiled sweets, I wish I could pluck them from their lamp-posts, pop them in my pocket for later’ this shows the reader that Robert has a vivid imagination. You could almost say he has too big an imagination. This vivid imagination makes him scared of things that aren’t even there. An example of this is when he goes into his house and thinks that are people are hiding there so he shouts into every room ‘I can see you!’ Towards the end of the book Robert stops being so afraid. Robert tends to stay in his house alone with out any problems whilst his mother is out at work.
Robert has a sense of humour, although sometimes it is rather strange. At the beginninging of the book Robert says ‘Miss Raynham is a blob on legs’. This shows the reader that Robert is a character with a good sense of humour describing his teacher as any other schoolboy would do.
Roberts’s relationship with his mother is very realistic as Roberts parents are divorced and he has to live a very hard life with his
mother. Robert and his mother get along alright but they do not talk much. The reader gets the impression that Robert’s mother does not care for him as much as she really should. She leaves Robert alone in the house quite a lot of the time when she has to go to work. At the beginning Robert gets scared when he is left in the house alone. There is a great development in their relationships as they go from not talking much to talking frequently. Robert does not...