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So Much To Tell You Exposition. The novel So Much to Tell You by John Marsden explores the concept of growth and change

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Exposition: ?So Much to Tell You explores the concept of growth and change.? The novel ?So Much to Tell You? by John Marsden explores the concept of growth and change, as it follows the main character, Marina?s, struggle to become whole again. The novel reflects Marina?s feelings and emotions through the use of language and the structural technique of the journal, as we see Marina; initially detached both emotionally and spiritually due to her traumatic experience; become strong and whole once more. At the beginning of the novel the composer, portrays Marina?s character as being initially detached and withdrawn from society, she uses silence as her shield as a defence mechanism and refuses to communicate, by speaking or even by using basic human contact. Marina doesn?t want to examine her past, life experiences, and therefore is afraid of writing in her journal, ?it would stay a cold and empty book, with no secrets.? Very effective language techniques are also used to portray Marina?s, feelings and emotions about herself at the beginning of the novel; we notice that she uses harsh, blunt terms to describe herself, such as ?mute? and ?freak? which heightens her already low self-esteem showing that she is both physically and emotionally crippled. ...read more.


LOOK OUT! THEY HATE YOU! THEY HATE EVERYONE! THEY HATE EACH OTHER!? So Much to Tell You explores the concept of growth and change, as we examine Marina?s life and emotions, through the structural technique of the journal. The repetitive metaphor of ?Fragments,? is used several times throughout the novel, such as Ann?s doona cover, so as to parallel it to that of Marina?s life, ?they do fit together, but it took me years to figure it out,? suggesting that Marina feels she?s ?fragmented? and wants to put herself back together. And Even though she didn?t want to become emotionally attached to anyone or anything in the dorm we begin to see Marina slowly doing so, ?It was good to see her again,? she is feeling emotionally connected with Ann and the other girls in the dorm, and is becoming aware that other people are not whole either. The technique of intertextuality is also used to illustrate Marina?s more significant growth and changes, ?It?s like the Hunchback of Notre Dame wanting to help Esmeralda,? Marina states as she doesn?t know what to do when Lisa begins cry, showing that Marina does want to help, to comfort, but doesn?t know how. ...read more.


and are disfunctional, she admires the Lindell?s and wishes her family were like that, ?there such a kind and loving family, I can hardly believe it.? In the chapters leading to the close of the novel we see Marina come to a turning point as she decides to communicate with her father. Marina has come a long way since the beginning of her story, we see her reach out and communicate with others, display deep emotions, and allow others to break through her glass barrier. The final step in her growth and change to become whole again is asking Mrs. Ransome for her father?s address, and deciding to go and meet him, and as Marina said from then on, ?it?s like rolling a rock downhill, once you rolled it?all you can do is watch.? The novel ?So Much to Tell You? by John Marsden explores the concept of growth and change, as we see Marina, initially cold and detached, connect with others, form new relationships and finally reunite with her father, the only person she feels truly connected with, the person whom when she?s with she knows who she is, her identity. ...read more.

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