Essay on The Cone-Gatherers by Robin Jenkins
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The Cone-Gatherers by Robin Jenkins
The Cone Gatherers written by Robin Jenkins covers many topics. The two topics I shall mainly focus on are the eventual insanity of Duror the gamekeeper and also his evil towards Calum and Neil, the two cone gatherers. As I read the book, I discovered that Duror was an evil and disturbed human being who was driven to insanity by his hate towards the cone-gatherers.
The evil inside Duror is the book’s focus, although other themes appear throughout the book. Evil is described in Chapter 8 as “a presence like air, infecting everyone”.
From the start of the book, Duror’s cold evil is made very clear. “Duror the gamekeeper, in an icy sweat of hatred.” This is referring to one of the opening…show more content…
Yet another of Duror’s plans is put into action. He suggests that the cone-gatherers should be used as beaters. She asks if one of them is a ‘cripple’. Although Duror has an immense dislike toward Calum, he replies by saying “He’s a hunchback, but as agile as any monkey.” She rang Mr. Tulloch the overseer of the Ardmore men’s (cone-gatherers) work and he said it should be all right. As Duror was about to leave, the telephone rang. Mr Tulloch was explaining that Calum had certain sensibilities, especially towards the deer drive. Duror, when asked by Lady Runcie-Campbell if Calum and Neil were really needed, he insisted they were so Lady Runcie-Campbell told Mr Tulloch the same.
In Chapter 5, Duror seemed to take great pleasure in telling the cone-gatherers about their necessary attendance of the upcoming deer drive. Neil got very irate about it and said that Duror was deceiving them by trying to get them to do things, that they don’t particularly want to do. Neil knew that Calum was never asked to take part in deer drives because of his particular sensibilities and then accused Duror of deceiving them. “Duror was silent. His triumph was become a handful of withered leaves” He thought that to deliver this “deadly message to them in the eyrie where they fancied themselves safe” would be
Below are examples of a short synopsis of the plot.
Compare the following:
The novel I’m going to write about is ‘The Cone-Gatherers’ by Robin Jenkins. It is set during WW2 and takes place on a Highland estate. Two brothers are sent to the estate to collect pine cones for the seed to re-establish the forest after it is felled.The plot revolves around the relationships between the brothers, one of whom is mentally disabled, a hunchback, and is the subject of a hate campaign by the local gamekeeper, who is himself increasingly unstable.The story also shows the class system that was in existence at the time and how people lived and worked in a remote area which causes more stresses amongst them.The plot has three main turning points including a deer hunt, a storm and the final tragedy, when the disabled brother is shot and killed by the now deranged gamekeeper, who then kills himself with the same gun.
This provides a summary of the central concerns of the text, but it is too long and detailed to act as an introduction to an essay.
Now consider this one:
Robin Jenkins’s ‘The Cone-Gatherers’ is a moving story about endurance and human suffering. Set in WWII in the Scottish Highlands, it focuses on a series of events that occur between two brothers, who are sent to collect seed cones to replant a forest after it was cut down. Duror the game-keeper, a central protagonist, harbours a destructive hatred for the cone-gatherers, particularly Calum, and as the novel unfolds we see how damaging such feelings can be when left to grow unchecked.
This is concise and to the point, and it introduces the central elements of the story.