The Story of Tom Brennan.
After the tragic accident, for Tom Brennan’s family everything and everyone went downhill for a long time. Tom became noticeably insecure and had a lot of trouble dealing with his own emotions let alone everyone else’s. Kylie became an angry teenager. She didn’t want anything to do with any of her family at first. She couldn’t stand being around them. Tess was neglectful to her family and only cared about Daniel. She was depressed to the point of being catatonic. Kath was bitter and became Kylies ‘surrogate mother’ while Tess was in the state she was in. Fin’s greatest regret was that he survived. Being a paraplegic, he has nothing to look forward to…he is forever a spectator. Joe was constantly trying to see things from everyone’s point of view. The whole family became very dependent on him, and his biggest job was keeping the family together. Brendan had a lot of trouble after the accident. Daniel and Brendan had a very strong relationship and Brendan after the accident Tom realised how sensitive Brendan was when he walked in on Brendan crying over a song called ‘Daniel’. Brendan was very straightforward with disciplining Tom after the accident as he knew Joe and Tess never gave Daniel the discipline he needed. Daniel was stated to be ‘an accident waiting to happen’. I don’t think changes to the law could have prevented Daniel’s accident. Up until the 1980’s, the age limit to drink and to get your driver’s licence was 21 rather than 18. Daniel was at the legal age to drive and to drink. Nowadays, teenagers drink under the age of 18, even though it is illegal. I don’t believe anything would stop teenagers from drinking under the age of 21 if they do under 18. If driving was illegal until the age of 21, I still believe Daniel would have done it. He was under the influence of alcohol with a constant flow of dopamine flooding his body. He was angry and fired up. Daniel had quite a strong aggressive personality and...
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