Destroying Avalon

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Destroying Avalon

In the novel Destroying Avalon by Kate McCaffrey I was able to interpret the text easily in various ways due to my personal experiences and context.

When the theme of bullying – more specifically cyber bullying – was introduced through the characters, my immediate response was feelings of sympathy towards the victims, Avalon and Marshall. This is because, in the way that McCaffrey has formed realism in the character’s development, I can relate to the situation as I know real who represent Avalon and Marshall through my view.

Throughout the text Avalon feels exposed and isolated “alone in my bedroom, the one place I had felt safe until it was invaded through my fifteen inch, flat screen monitor” page 127. This makes me feel anxious and scared for Avalon because she is being invaded in her own bedroom. This personally relates to me because of having a context of knowing people that relates it shapes my response to the situation by feeling as if the novel is a lot more real and factual and feeling certain emotions, making it seem more like I’m reading a non-fiction novel.

As a reader of the same age as the characters, I feel that I’m able to understand the novel better because of the way that McCaffrey has successfully used the narrative convention of language. This is since the majority of the language used is similar to what teenagers use online today, through text, and also verbally including such words resembling “bf” – meaning boyfriend, and “LOL” –translating to laugh out loud. Since the novel is aimed at teenagers, they will be able to interpret the text better.

Phrases which are in society and my personal opinion considered to be offensive and hurtful, including “boy rooting slut”, “devious slag”, “skanky ho” and other swear words are, unfortunately, commonly read throughout the novel. The narrative convention of language communicates the issue of upholding a person’s reputation and is something I can easily...
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