Annabelle Deacon, Mrs Nash, 711 English 2018, Only Ten by Allen Ballie, Hussein's Character Development.
Hussein is nervous and doesn't fit in at school
Modern history The Iran Iraq war in the 1980s. 95,00 Iranian children were killed in the war. They were used as human waves to clear the ground for the 'real soldiers'. 144,000 children were orphaned.
They can see in here
What is the Shah doing? I don't understand him.
Bruce assaults Hussein with a ruler
I am a soldier
Stop it Bruce you're going to hurt someone
Annabelle Deacon, Mrs Nash, 711 English, 2018, Only Ten by Allan Ballie, Hussein's character development.
Hussein won't take his shirt off at the pool
You taking off your t-shirt, Hussein
Hussein is afraid that terrorists will see into the classroom through the windows and will try to hurt him and the rest of the students. He doesn't fit in at school he is shy, doesn't talk to anyone and is seen as an outsider. Everyone calls him 'the Shah' because he's different and odd to them.
Pearl's sister Susie dies
What do I say to her?
Bruce is trying to strike Hussein with the ruler, yelling " alvays ready for ze attack, eh, Inspektor", but Hussein keeps dodging the ruler. Hussein realises he is too good for Bruces' childish games. He is a soldier and isn't phased by anyone. So he stays still and the ruler strikes him hard. This makes everyone think Hussein is even more bizarre and distances him further from everyone
Hussein reveals his scars
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The school is having a swimming carnival at the pool. They are lining up on the blocks and Hussein is still wearing his purple t-shirt. When Mr. Henny suggests that Hussein takes his shirt off Hussein refuses and swims in his t-shirt. This made the rest of the children think he was even more weird and made him more of an outsider than he was before. He has little confidence and thinks people will make fun of him.
When Pearl's sister Susie died no one knew what to say to Pearl. Hussein walked up to Pearl and put his hand on her shoulder, he comforted her when no one else knew how. He too had experienced loss and it united them. Pearl had found someone to confide in who understood what she had been through and had empathy, not sympathy. Pearl and Hussein became best friends and kept each other going.
The other children realised, just like Pearl had, that Hussein was a nice guy. The swimming carnival came up again and everyone was lining up on the blocks. Hussein looked down and took off his purple t-shirt, revealing two large scars and a few bullet wounds. He had found a place where he finally fit in and felt he belonged. He has been accepted by everyone, and made lots of new friends.