Themes for Cheat

Cheat is written by Allan Baillie. There are two main themes for the story.

First of all, we must be judgemental. We might not jump into conclusion too soon and it caused misunderstanding. For example, Lynne is one of the characters who is judgemental. After she read about the book writeen by William Bradburie in the library, she was filled with anger. She said that Geoff is cheating in the short story competition even though she has never read Geoff’s story before. The second theme is creative writing is not always original. A creative idea or innovation like is not always original because we will take idea and inspiration from different resources to make improvement. For instance, Lynne emphasised the importance of originality in the writing. When she realised that Geoff is not cheating, she was wondering whether she had read any story related to the sheepdog in flood.


Synopsis: –


  • About two schoolchildren and their attitude to peer achievements and relationships.
  • The short story competition is won by Geoff and he wins the Holmes-Watkins Medal.
  • Lynne’s story is placed second and she feels disappointed.
  • She learns to accept her failure and decides to let go.
  • Then, she comes across a short story of write William Bradburie.
  • Geoff’s story of a circus elephant’s escapade in the park is similar to Bradburie’s story.
  • Immediately, Lynne assumes that Geoff has cheated and did not write his own story.
  • She is in dilemma as to whether and how she should expose Geoff.
  • The consequences may be too drastic for Geoff.
  • During the class discussion on careers, lynne holds back exposing Geoff but later she inadvertently mentions the name Bradburie and notices Geoff’s reaction.
  • A few minutes later, she is called into Headmaster Velo’s office and Geoff is ther too with the Holmes-Watkins Medal.
  • Mr Velos explains that Geoff feels he might have taken his story from Bradburie’s collection.
  • So, he decides to reverse the results and Lynne wins the prize.
  • But, Lynne is unhappy with the way the situation has turned out.
  • She begins to have doubts about her own story.