Essay Into the World

Topics: Branch, Trunk, Tree Pages: 3 (1296 words) Published: May 29, 2012
‘Moving into the world involves different pathways to new experiences’ could be interpreted in many different ways. In The Story of Tom Brennan by JC Burke, Tom experiences different emotions and situations as he attempts to move into the world when his brother Daniel is involved in a tragic car accident. The image by Image Zoo also shows four different pathways leading into the one tree with branches that lead up into the sky. This picture shows the tree of life and how people can take different paths to experiences. The strength comes within the individual and their surroundings. These two texts show that moving into the world involves different pathways to new experiences shown through different circumstances, problems and views. In the Story of Tom Brennan by JC Burke, Tom’s story is told where he changes mentally to cope with the tragic accident and consequences of his brother Daniel going to jail. In the novel metaphors are used to reinforce the main change in Tom’s life after his brother is involved with the car accident. On page 76 of the novel as Tom bangs his head against the mirror in frustration for what has happened he says to himself “Thanks to Fin we thought we’d escaped sudden death. But we were wrong; instead we’d walked into it”. This metaphor symbolises the loss of loved ones, the football game was a sudden death game. The statement “we’d walked into it” implies that the night wasn’t a win for everyone, they had not escaped sudden death; they had walked right into it metaphorically. This is the point where everything has turned, winning the football game, that all seem to care about, has turned into a new path for Tom Brennan. This is the moment where Tom has to step into the world for himself throughout the story. He needs to choose which path he will take to overcome his frustration and loss. In the novel the use of the non-linear structure and flashbacks present a contrast and juxtaposition to life before and after the accident. The contrast...
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