A Bridge to Wisemans Cove

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In the novel, “Bridge to Wiseman’s cove”, by the author James Moloney, the protagonist Carl Matt undergoes a significant transformation. He experiences difficulty, overcomes his shyness, figures out how to stand up for himself, and finds himself into a romantic relationship with Justine. When he starts working on Skip Duncan’s barge he gains more confidence in himself because the Barge makes him feel free. Carl also saved the barge from being bankrupt from the other competing barge.

Carl overcomes some rasping stages in his life; everyone would make fun of him about his appearance and his weight. He wasn’t too confident in himself. For example his aunt Beryl always made fun of him: “you’ve got pale skin same as all the other matts”, he shrugged, said nothing, and stared at his arms and thighs the colour of rare meat. p. (21). However as the novel proceeds, Carl realises his more confident in himself and feels free when he starts working at the barge. For example how he felt happy when he was sitting on the barge: “Carl slumped against the hull, shivering in the evening breeze. He was exhausted but happier than he’d been since he arrived to Wattle beach, happier than he’d been since his mother disappeared”. P. (81). Carl succeeds in believing in himself and finds how to see the confidence in him.

When Skip Duncan had seeked Carl to work at the barge, Carl instantly accepted the job offer that he just received. For example when skip asked Carl for the job offer: “could you start tomorrow”? Skip asked. “Anytime. Now if you like”. The man laughed. “You’re keen, I’ll give you that”. When Carl found out that skips barge was being bankrupt by Mr Lovell’s barge “Wattle lady”, he wanted to do something about it. Carl thought of a sensible idea, he thought of an amazing idea that when the cars arrive on the barge Carl would rinse the salt off under the passenger’s cars, which will save the passengers time and money. For example when Carl was explaining to skip what...
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