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An analysis of the text 'The Day After Forever' by Erin Skiffington.

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Discussion Essay- Wide Reading 'The Day After Forever' -Erin Skiffington- Matthew West An analysis of the text 'The Day After Forever' by Erin Skiffington, reveals that Fiction texts not only entertain but instruct. They tell us more about the society we live in. Instruct is "To provide with knowledge, especially in a methodical way". This story has many events that instruct us more about the society we live in and inform us more about life. The main Issues/Themes/Values&Attitudes presented in this text are : Friendship, Love, Trust, Courage, Loneliness, Domestic Violence, Rape and Death. By going into detail about these issues/themes/values&attitudes to show how Fiction novels not only entertain but instruct. They tell us more about the society we live in. The Day After Forever is an emotional story centering around four teenagers who discover and demonstrate the true meaning of friendship. It illustrates the agony surrounding horrific events and how friendship will always stand strong against the circumstances. Jeff has leukemia. The whole purpose of organising the holiday down to Lake Tarawera was so he could spend the last moments of his life in the same place where his parents died. Yet he cannot help but fall for Courtney - who is shy, pretty, yet secretive. ...read more.

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Jeff trusted Eddie a lot because he told him a secret that didn't leak out until just before Jeff died. Eddie promised Jeff never to tell any of his friends or relatives about his leukemia. The whole point of the holiday was so that Jeff could have friends near him when he died. Jeff obviously trusted each of them for him to invite them on a holiday with him. Courtney had only known Jeff and the others for a few weeks and accepted to go on a holiday with them. She trusted them and knew that she could get away and have a good time. Trust is a big issue in society nowadays because of what's been going on with terrorism etc. This instructs us that the world isn't all full of hatred and nasty people but there are a majority of people who society can trust and should be trusted. People also have to take a bit of a risk to get to know people before they can trust them 100%. This is what Courtney did. Jeff took a lot of courage upon himself to fight off the leukemia for such a long time. He gave up after about 12 years because it was too strong to fight off. ...read more.

Conclusion

This gives us an insight into what could possibly be happening in a neighbor's house. The final point that will be discussed is Death. This happens twice in the story, once at the beginning with Toni's brother being killed in a car crash; and at the end when Jeff loses his fight against Cancer. The story climaxes leading up to the death of Jeff. Death is what the story is based upon with Jeff taking his friends to Lake Tarawara so they can see him die. Toni is always using her brother's death as a problem until she witnesses Jeff's death and realizes she isn't the only one going through a hard time. The reader is meant to feel sorrow, pain and remorse for the remaining characters in the end. Most people's worst fear is death. This reflects back on society in that most people would do the same things Eddie, Toni and Courtney did whilst Jeff was losing his battle with cancer. This analysis has shown that Fiction texts not only entertain but instruct. They tell us more about the society we live in. An in depth discussion on things presented in the novel such as Friendship, Love, Trust, Courage, Loneliness, Domestic Violence, Rape and Death helped shape a better understanding of this. This showed that friendship is a valuable asset in society and along with a few other things you can live a happy life. ...read more.

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