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The Wasp Factory Critical Evaluation The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks is the book I chose to evaluate on I will be studying the characterisation setting and the theme of this book The book is written in the 1st person and is an unconventional and bizarre story The plot is about a boy called Frank his weird life and his weird family He has a dad who knows the measurements of every thing in the house and a brother who burns dogs and force-feeds maggots to children His brother was in a mental centre but he escaped and throughout the story is making his way home eating dogs and stealing to stay alive His mother ran away soon after his little brother who has been murdered was born breaking his fathers leg in the process as she ran his over with her motorbike Frank is sixteen years old and does not officially exist he has a very weird lifestyle and a hatred for wasps The characterisation in this book was one of the many reasons I enjoyed the book so much The author Iain Banks has not made the characters stereotypical they are not quite lifelike but are also convincing as you dont always meet sixteen year old boys who destroy whole rabbit colonies in one wild rage or ones who sacrifice wasps I do not identify with any of the characters in the book for obvious reasons but I understand them very easily The author describes the characters through the words and thoughts of the main character this giving emotion in his description Frank is a strange boy in fact he is actually a girl His father transformed him by giving him male hormones Frank loves his brother Eric and is excited about him escaping Eric phones Frank many times through the book and the conversations usually end in Eric going mad and destroying the telephone box
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