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English II The Quintessential Rebel In Allan Sillitoes The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner we are introduced to Smith a man with his own standards beliefs values and battles As we are taken through the story of a period of his live we come to understand what Smith really stands for He is a diehard rebel that is destined to always stick to his beliefs and is willing to sacrifice all in a battle against his greatest enemy and opressor society Throughout the book Smith gives us a chance to get to know him He willingly shares his thoughts with the reader and often times his thoughts develop as he is telling his story giving us an up-close look at the inner workings of Smiths mind and personality Smith belongs to a group of people he calls the Out-Laws It is the underprivileged lower class poor street criminals Crime runs in Smiths family and being born into poverty he nether sees nor is even willing to contemplate a life without crime At a point he hints on having some communist views and perhaps suggests that his father had communist friends if he wasnt one himself Fatally inflicted by cancer Smiths father died a painful death We later find out that it was Smith who found his father breathless in a pool of his own blood and to this day has a great deal of respect for him The first time Smiths family gets a taste of a financially comfortable life is when the factory his father worked in g ave them a lump of cash upon his fathers death a wad of crisp blue-back fivers aint a sight of good Sillitoe 20 says Smith as the one break his family got was only due to his fathers death Smith is not money hungry he steels simply to get by He knows exactly where he stands in the world- in direct opposition of
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