Water in the Blood, Alan Bunn, Character Essay

Topics: Novel, English-language films, Thought Pages: 2 (580 words) Published: September 9, 2011
Water in the Blood
Alan Bunn

In ‘Water in the Blood’ by Alan Bunn, the character I most admire and care for is Anne Bailey. In this story Anne becomes in the centre of problems and develops a relationship with Liam towards the end. She is bright, honest and considerate; she also helps Liam a lot with his canoeing.

Anne’s role in ‘Water in the Blood’ becomes quite significant towards the end. At the beginning we see Liam’s like for Anne and how she cares for Liam. Later in the story Liam offends Anne and she rejects him. Along the line Anne realises her mistake and rejects her boyfriend, Andrew, who has always held Liam back. “I’m sorry for not believing what happened at Scarborough ... I never thought he would be cunning enough to pretend to be hit.” She also helped Liam and taught him almost all of his canoeing abilities.

Throughout this novel Anne is caught between Andrew and Liam. Firstly, she likes them both. She is in a proper relationship with Andrew but was starting to like Liam and care for him more and more before the incident at Scarborough. “I can give the sympathy” (Anne to Liam). Secondly she is caught between Andrew’s and Liam’s conflicts, and because she likes both of them, she tries to resolve it and tries to say in between and not be biased. “Andrews got this idea that there’s something going on between us, simply he sees you as a threat, just try to steer clear of him.”

I think what drew me to Anne at first was the way Alan Bunn described her. “In her school uniform she resembled many other girls but not quite, her hair was dark, her eyes were brown. She had a hint of peacefulness about her whole stance. That fascinated Liam”. She is portrayed to be a quiet, fragile girl but we are also told she is mentally strong and very considerate and helpful to others. I like the way she is described in Liam’s head in chapter 6. “She was fluid. She was a bolt of blue electricity that flashed along winding neon tubes at discos – swaying,...
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