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Tom Brennan essay
Terms in this set (12)
"That was the thing I couldn't quite get my head around- there would be a tomorrow, and a day after that, and a day after that. The world went on regardless of how I felt."
Anaphora and First Person Narrative- Shows Tom's confusion and resistance to individual growth along with the enduring nature of challenges presented.
illustrate the austere extent of the horrors presented to Tom at the time of the accident and the chronic nature of its impact upon his lifestyle.
Juxtaposition of past and present
accentuates the difference in Tom's quality of life before and following the affliction caused by his brother.
"but now I know what I missed most. I missed me, Tom Brennan, and that's why now I could smile, cause I could see that he was coming back"
3rd person narrative- Alludes to a shift in attitude and the end to his transition following adversity
Living with grandmother ,"whether we liked it or not"
Idiomatic narration- shows that situation is not favourable for Tom nor is he amenable to embody his unfamiliar milieu
"For me playing footy would never be the same. Here in Coghill, it would just be something to fill the time, the endless, endless time."
Juxtaposition- Tom's enjoyment of football is apparent, and he is not immersing himself into the hobbies which provide him with happiness, sequentially inhibiting his ability to transition into his new life.
Motif of football, chronological narrative
A clear juxtaposition of the past and present, which symbolise happiness and misery respectively.
is symbolic for Tom's positive transition into his new life following adversity
"I don't think I ever felt smaller than I did at that moment"
Further highlights the misery, which is juxtaposed with his happy past
Reaching the peak of the accent without realising
Allegorical for the ideal that his individual growth has been an innate progression and only through embracing the challenge of climbing the ascent was he able to reach the peak.
Topic sentence #1
individual growth and growing up is a transformative process
Topic sentence #2
People who are forced to initiate a transition may never truly revel in their new situation until they have fully embraced it.
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