Joss Bont- explained • Joss Bont is the local rascal. • He is the lowest of the low in society and regarded as a drunkard fool by his family and peers. • He is one of the local miners in Eyam, he enjoys having a pot of ale (alcohol) in the mornings and a pot of ale in the evenings. • He is a rage-aholic.
JOSS- angry man • Joss beats his wife and children to take out his frustrations. • ‘.. my father, in a drunken rage, had flung me against the wall when I was about six years old.’ p.134 • He is most likely frustrated about the fact that he is underappreciated in society. • Joss; like most men in his generation were under the impression that women are not equal to men explaining his behaviour to his wife and daughter.
JOSS- wants to be a boss • Towards the end of the novel Joss Bont expresses his inner yearning to be in charge and have some power. • He decides to dig graves for the plague ridden, population of Eyam and charges them indecent amounts as a payment for his services. • Joss goes overboard with this little amount of power he was given and becomes corrupt.
MO’ MONEY, MO’ PROBLEMS. • At one point he even tries to bury a dying boy alive to get his payment quicker, then robs him. • ‘And then he finally committed an act so vile that even our population, diminished and exhausted was spurred at last to action’ p.194 • Joss’s hunger for power is also one of the reasons he beats women, so as to exert his dominance and strength over them.
AphraidAphra • =-An example of Aphra superstitious ways was when she decided to dance around the fire chasnting upon the death of the biggest boss, Joss. • -Aphra was considered a good match for her husband as she was just as much of a bad-ass. • -She was just as selfish as Joss, and put herself and her family before society at all times.
HAPPILY EVER APHRA? -Aphra was a woman of many talents. She knew how to manipulate a plague ridden town, and was never scared to get down and dirty. -Though she died a woman hated by all, she will forever be remembered as a woman who loved her husband almost as much as she loved a decent pot of a
R.I.P Joss might have reasons for acting the way he does, he might have had a bad childhood, bad experiences with being affectionate or maybe he is just bad ass. We don't know if he had a good side or could be a decent man as all we were shown through the novel was the angry Joss. But all most will remember him by is: Hated father, husband and nuisance to society. Left to die and eaten alive by animals in a cave.