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

In David Maloufs Fly Away Peter (1982) Jims life as an ordinary working class Australian youth is quickly suspended for the emerging disturbance that is WWI

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

SACE Stage 2 English Studies Study of a Single Text ? Fly Away Peter Q: Explain how techniques used by the author were effective in shaping your understanding of the central ideas in one of the core texts. In David Malouf?s Fly Away Peter (1982) Jim?s life as an ordinary working class Australian youth is quickly suspended for the emerging disturbance that is WWI. The audience?s understanding of the central ideas of the effects of war on men, binary opposites in life, and the continuity of life are effectively developed through the use of contrast between settings, minor characters, and recurring motifs. Through the use of contrast between settings Malouf explores the idea that life is full of binary opposites. The reader is initially introduced to Jim?s life on the Queensland coast, in a peaceful setting with its ?intensely blue mountains? and swamps bordered with tea-trees ?staining the shallows there tobacco brown? (Malouf, Fly Away Peter, p.1), outlining the natural beauty of the land?s swamps and marshes. ...read more.

Middle

The preconception that Wizzer is a stereotypical ?tough guy? is initially seeded into the reader?s mind, but this idea is soon destroyed. Later on, in the battlefields, Jim finds refuge in the safety of a shell crater and is surprised to be pulled back in as he is leaving by an ?iron grip?. Wizzer is no longer the strong man he was known to be, cowering in fear with ?clenched teeth? as his whole body is shaken by ?invisible hands? (p.92). The effect that war has on Wizzer is frightening, conveying the idea of the devastating effects that war can have on men. Jim on the other hand demonstrates that war is capable of producing his capacity to be good. Despite his previous relationship with Wizzer, he makes a determined effort to save him but is ultimately unsuccessful. Malouf?s use of minor characterisation demonstrates the comradery between men that is developed from war and also its traumatic effects on their mental fortitude. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is also the view that Jim later reflects on, predicting it as the last ?vision of the world he knew? (p.55) as he moves on to the other world. It is exactly this view that Jim sees while marching on ?as he felt out of himself? (p.115), seeing the ?scene from high up? as it might look from Bert?s Bi-plane. During this out-of-body experience Jim sees the lives of everything, ?including his own?. From the long view of the soldiers? lives, to the wildlife of ?woodlice under logs? continuing in their ?ordinary domestic arrangements? (p.117). It can be seen that Malouf?s use of the motifs of the birds and the map expresses the perpetual continuity of life that will always remain unaltered. In Fly Away Peter, the author?s use of contrast between the relaxed, peaceful island of Australia and the battered battlegrounds in Europe develops the reader?s understanding of the reality of binary opposites in life. Malouf?s use of minor characters and recurring motifs powerfully communicates the effects that war has on men and the continuity of life. Word Count: 1012 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature 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

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Extended essay-The bean trees

    she is one of those women and it makes it that much harder for her to become independent. However as the novel continues to unravel, with the help of Taylor who Lou Ann is very much inspired by, Lou Ann is able to come out with her own opinions, she

  2. Gusev Analysis. Chekov brings up two ordinary characters that are suffering under the ...

    He has been serving as an orderly to a military officer but has been sent home to Russia because he is feeble and dying of tuberculosis. He fails to realize how vague his dream is, while the other soldiers and sailors are convinced that he is too weak to survive anymore.

  1. Social Class in Madame Bovary

    This is further proven when Emma goes to the ball, meant for upper classes, and is surprised by the behaviour witnessed: " Madame Bovary noticed that several of the ladies had not put their gloves inside their glasses." (Pt I: Ch 8)

  2. Walkabout ...

    This misunderstanding plays a significant part in the story. So as they eye each other up, they are coming from opposite ends of the cultural spectrum. He had never seen white people before, his eyes moves slowly, methodically from one to another; examining then from head to foot'.

  1. Sequel of All Quiet on the Western Front

    Almost every day is the same. We attack and they retreat, we are now only 30 km Away from Paris, but the casualties is getting higher and higher, and every time I order my soldiers to advance, I think of my officer telling me to advance.

  2. The novel Remembering Babylon is a reflection of ideological concerns of the author David ...

    Irish? engulfed with peaches and strawberries ?you would think yourself in England.? Much like George Abbot, Sir George is has no touch of reality in Australia through his depiction of his ?riding his chariot?embodied of an unapproachable power? demonstrating the colonial dominance in Australia, another ideological concern reflected by Malouf.

  1. Symbolism in The Sorrow of War "

    The auditory imagery of trees moaning in awful harmony emphasizes the soldier?s agony even more. Thunderstorm ?Kien lays his pen down. He turns off the table lamp, pushes his chair away, stands up and silently walks to the window. It is very cold in the room, yet he feels hot and breathless.

  2. How does Browning bring vividly to life the men and their relationships in Porphyrias ...

    The opening lines are a sort of foreshadowing for the rest of the poem and the true character of the narrator. Another way in which Browning brings vividly to life the male protagonist is the slow revelation of true character, the building up of suspense, tension followed by the terrible twist.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work