• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What Does Brian Caswell want to tell the reader about Being Different In the novel, A Cage of Butterflies?

Extracts from this document...


What Does Brian Caswell want to tell the reader about Being Different? In the novel, A Cage of Butterflies, by Brian Caswell, he explores many themes, the most important being the theme of 'being different. I believe that Brian Caswell is very passionate about this topic and that he wants to explore what being different and an individual really means. This topic is very relevant in today's society. Being drastically different is a burden because you will never be or feel accepted. Many of the kids at the Think-Tank had felt this way before they came to the institute when they were in the outside world and at school. On page 10, Greg says "It doesn't take long to discover what being different means...so they learned early to blend it...like Chris...he'd fake enough mistakes to keep him near the middle of the class...but they got him in the end...you just couldn't live your whole life under a lie like that." ...read more.


Tall poppies look abnormal so people cut them down to size. Tall poppy syndrome is when someone is outstanding and people, often by criticizing, ridiculing and isolating, 'cut them down to size'. This would have been very difficult for the kids to deal with. The Kids at he institute all have special gifts. For starters they all had extremely high I.Q's. For example Grettel is a whiz with multi-dimensional maths, Gordon and Lesley have eidetic memories and Mikki has unlimited knowledge. On page 17 it says "Every kid on the bus had some special gift. Abilities beyond the understanding of most people. But what had it gained them? Rejection by kids their own age, Freak status with those adults who weren't actually scared of them. And a home away from home with Larsen and MacIntyre and the other researchers who set them tasks, monitored the results and generally used them as guineapigs." ...read more.


I think that at the beginning of the book the reader gets the impression that being different is an incredible burden and that there are very negative effects, however by the end of the book you begin to change your opinion. It is as though because they are different they are drawn to each other and feel like a family. Susan expresses this on page 163, "Now I'm complete, with my family." If the kids weren't different they never would have found each other and would still feel alone in the world. All of the kids at the Institute would have had a lot to deal with as a result of being so different. I believe that Brian Caswell wants to tell the reader that although someone may be different due to physical, intellectual, mental or psychological reasons, we should not treat him or her differently. I believe that being different can be a burden, or a blessing...its what you make of it. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Our Day Out section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work