Essay – Red from Green
All children need to undertake a journey from being a child to an adult. For some, the journey goes very smooth and without any bumps, but for other it is a rough journey. This is one of the most crucial themes in the novel “Red from Green” written by Maile Meloy. The novel describes a teenager named Sam who undertake the journey of becoming a woman. The novel explains that Sam is out on a yearly float trip with her father, uncle and a client of her uncle. Sam is described as a slightly awkward teenage girl; “She was awkward at fifteen, and praise made her suspicious.”(p.1.) The novel suggest, that she is not used to be complimented, and therefore she might have a low self-esteem. This low self-esteem could be a result of her complicated relationship with her father. Sam and her father has a distant relationship and we can assume this is because of the death of her mother. This important link in the family, which suddenly disappears, can lead to a lack of communication in the family. We can see this when neither Sam nor her father wants to talk about the boarding school; “Everyone said what and opportunity it was, so much better than the local schools, but neither of them could bring themselves to talk about it.” (p. 8.) This lack of communication eventually leads to her taking more interest in another man who gives her attention. Layton presents himself as an alternative type of man, who appreciate her for being a women, however her father do not want to accept this and therefore still perceive her as a girl. Her father and Layton represent the separation in Sam. The part of her, which is still a child and the part of her, which wants to grow up. In additional the text displays the separation when she helps Layton with his back; ”The right side of her body was warm from the fire, the left side was cold. It was too cold at night to be wearing shorts” (p.11.) The chilliness symbolize the part of her, which wants to grow up, in...
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