Robert Cormier is known for not taking a morraly simplistic postition when reagarding the right and wrong of the terroists and patriotes. This is shown with Miro as Cormier often reminds the reader that he is still human. He does this by initially relating him with negativity as he feels anger, fear, and frustration. This makes the reader perseave him as heartless and with no consideration toward others, as the only times he feels excitment is when the action and killings. His human side is protrayed as he interacts with Kate, as he always seems to come away from her feeling anoyed with himself as his defences has been let down.
These standard feelings makes the reader feel shocked as their perseption of terroists are played with and twisted. However, a sterio-typical feature of a terroist is loyalty towards its leader; Miro never fails to demonstrate this towards Artkin throughout the novel. Miro is always looking out to impress Artkin, on the contary, Miro seems to doubt who Artkin really is on occasions, for example, in Chapter 10, Kate: “Those two men who were with you are dead, the one you called Antibbe and the black guy. And Artkin. Who’s left?
Nobody. Your brothers dead. And now your father. ” Miro:He looked at her, startled. His breath, stale and rancid, entered her mouth, her nostrils. “My father – what do you mean? Now my father? ” Kate: “Artkin. He was your father, wasn’t he? ” Miro:”It’s not possible”. Artkin his father? He could not acknowledge that truth, if it were truth. The develpoment that Cormier creates of the characters during the novel effects the reader in such away which makes them feel drawn into the characters progress rather than the plots progress.
Inevitably, this creates a deep connection between them and the characters. I can conlcude that due to the Terroist situation of our time now, ‘After the First Death’, will therefore hold more relevance the the modern day reader. However, ‘Far From the Madding crowd’, is much more complexed and cultured yet is meily tackle industrial problems of the eighteenth centuary, which may appeal to the elder reader, but this depends on a personal preference.
The authors of each novel have included a geat involvment of characters; each containing a sterio-typical aspect to their characters used, which is a technique enabling the reader the relate to certain qualities. Robert Cormier creates a deeper relationship and involment between reader and personality of the character. Thomas Hardy has a very srong and involved narrative voice, unlike Robert Cormier, who leaves the description of events and ideas through the development of the characers and the plot.
The intended audience is obviously to be different as they are written in completely different centuarys. In my opinion, ‘After the first Death’ appeals to the younger generation, as it has less complex language and a stronger type of ‘adventure’ in the plot which appeals to them. In comparison, ‘Far from the Madding crowd’, appeals to the more ‘rustic’ concerned characters, who enjoy the courtyside imagry. I personally feel that both novels are successul in fufilling their aims to achieve the type of enjoyment intended audinces require.