Exploring Transitions by Character in Tom Brennan Immediate Family

Topics: Recreation, Transitions Pages: 6 (1160 words) Published: May 15, 2015
Exploring Transitions by Character in Tom Brennan 
Brennan Family (Immediate) 

Transition being Explored 

Quotation/page no./analysis of 
language or technique 

Tom Brennan 

Living with grandmother in new town 
of Coghill after leaving Mumbilli. 
­struggles with house rules and 
expectations such as saying grace 
and sharing grandmother’s 
­images of saints and prayers at 
Gran’s house 
­going to Mass (Pp156­8) 

‘But we weren’t home. We were here. 
Here in my grandmother’s  dark, stuffy 
dining room, her gallery of saints watching 
us’. P5 
‘...all of me was stuck, stuck in a place I 
didn’t want to be­but that made me think of 
Daniel...he would give anything to be here, 
even at Gran’s’. P6­7 
‘...in my ‘new’ room. I named it’ the cave’  because it was so brown and dark’.P13. 
Gran’s house was empty. The lights were 
off and the curtains drawn. It was creepy; 
our place in Mumbilli was noisy and open. 
Gran was stinking out the kitchen cooking 
lamb’s fry again. There was no way that I 
would ever eat that stuff. A few bowls of 
cereal was going to be dinner for the 
fourth night in a row. Not that I minded. I 
wasn’t hungry and nothing tasted good 
anyway. P 62 


Attending new school, St Benedict’s 
Catholic College, Coghill (Bennies) 

‘I’m here too. I’m stuck in this shit­hole 
too.’ P36 
I understood where she (Kylie) was 
coming from. It’s like don’t ask me now. 
Don’t ask me to to let go of my breath 
because I don’t have the energy to clean 
up the mess. It’s just easier to keep 
holding it.’ P30 


­New Football team including new 
"So I accepted his challenge and
coach, new players and the way they  turned it up" transitions of feelings play.  
towards the team and their style of
play- having fun rather than winning.
pg- 210


Not confident around Chrissy ­ ​
Confident around Chrissy 
Start of Confidence­ When 
Chrissy said ​
"You know, we should
do this every Tuesday night,” I felt
even better than good. pg 203


Developing new friendships (CM) 
“Rory came over that weekend. It 
was the first time a Benni 
Rory goes over to Tom’s house. First 
Bennie’s boy over. pg 234 (CM) 


Living as a whole family ­ having a 
family member in prison (CM) 



Accepting life as it is, embracing the 

Tom: “Gran says we've got to leave
our ghosts behind.” - making the
transition pg 242
Proof of Transition by Tom. "The St.
John's game was a hill, just another
hill to climb in my journey; then life
would plateau for a while. That
seemed to be the way it worked. I'd
get through Saturday and life would
go on" pg 238


Not knowing who he was, to 
eventually becoming who he really 

“But now I knew what I missed the
most. I missed me, Tom Brennan,
and that's why now I could smile,
'cause I could see that he was
coming back. Pg 261
“That was the morning Tom 
Brennan came back forever.” 


At the beginning of the book it is 
revealed that Tom suffered from 
depression from the crash, as time 
moved on he no longer felt the need 
to blame himself for what had 
happened­ transition from suffering 
from depression to overcoming 



Loved playing football, to not 
knowing if he wanted to play football 
ever again  (CM) 

I hadn’t decided if I was playing rugby this 
year…I hadn’t decided if I was playing 
ever again. I didn’t know if I could without 
my brother. Things just weren’t that simple 
anymore.” (p. 10) 



“I couldn’t believe Dad’s enthusiasm. He 
had to be putting it on.” pg 114­ talking 
about the footy team.  
“Here in Coghill, it would be something to 
fill in the time ­ the endless, endless 
time”og 114 
“Everyone was going on and on about 
their selections , but I couldn’t share their ...
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