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English Studies Single Text Essay Book Fly Away Peter Author David Malouf Question It is the repetitions and contrasts in the events characters settings or use of language in a test which often guide our understanding of it In what ways did the repetitions and contrasts in Fly Away Peter guide your understanding Fly Away Peter is a novel which is defined by the contrasts and repetitions which develop the storyline and give insight in to the important messages contained in the book Malouf develops contrasts and repetitions in the characters and events to shape the story and the message it delivers Jim is without doubt the central character in the book Malouf chooses not to reveal too much of Jims past The reader is only provided with brief insights into a few key events in Jims life such as the death of his brother and the cruel treatment he suffered at the hand of his father Rather Malouf focuses the readers attention on Jims current journey and discovering This is how the reader builds a relationship and understanding of Jim and can build for them selves an understanding or interpretation of Jims past Jim becomes the key instrument which Malouf uses to display both the continuity and contrast of life which is the key idea developed throughout Fly Away Peter Malouf initially portrays Jim as an innocent profile surrounded by birds and the land and a sense of calm Jim opposition to anger and aggression are developed early on in the book and are contrasted against Jims father who holds a bitter grudge and resentment It is during Jims trip to Brisbane that a change of direction can be observed It is also the period when Jim begins to experience the real world and his innocence starts to fade His trip heralds an upcoming change in direction
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