The Story of Tom Brennan

The Story of Tom Brennan

  • Submitted By: Katebby
  • Date Submitted: 08/29/2013 5:44 AM
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discuss the concept "into the world" which helps young people to grow up, mature and move on.

Because this refers to the way in which a person’s attitude and beliefs affect how they see life,
I will be using The Novel "The story of Tom Brennan" By J.C Burke which shows how Tom, “the protagonist”, struggles to cope with his past. I will also be using, The Television series, “Rescue Me” which refers to the way someone can be lost and have to learn to stand on their own two feet and overcome obstacles.
In J.C Burkes novel, we learn that one small mistake can have even major consequences. The "protagonist", Tom realises this when His family is forced to move "far away, so as not to remind them of their pain”, as it put in the book. The life that tom and his family now lead is affected by the prejudice, that he has forced the family out of their home in mumbilli and into Tom’s grandmother’s house in Cogshill.
The use of the first person’s perspective allows us to understand toms personal journey, as he "deals with himself" and informs us that he has, within himself, neglected to form an emotional balance, which would help him adjust to the world that he has been forced into. The first person perspective also enables us to relate to the protagonists personal experiences, which we, ourselves acknowledge through the continuous flash backs which take us into the depths of toms past, but particularly to the time where it all started.

But towards the end of the novel tom also takes us to another, more peaceful place in his mind, which is metaphorically shown through "the sound of leaves and twigs snapping under his feet echoed into the night sky" this suggests that tom is at peace surrounded by quietness.
But as tom becomes more and more lost in him, he drifts into a state of despair and depression, which has been symbolically introduced through the constant mentioning of darkness. Metaphorically tom names his room the cave, as it refers to a dark place where...

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