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Robert Cormiers engrossing thriller We All Fall Down is one that effectively draws the reader into the world of the novel.

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Introduction

In what ways does the author draw you into the world of the novel? In your response make detailed reference to your prescribed text. Robert Cormier's engrossing thriller We All Fall Down is one that effectively draws the reader into the world of the novel. Cormier draws the reader into the world of the novel as the novel acts as a social commentary that identifies and explores an array of contemporary societal issues relevant to a young adult audience. Through the use of imagery, shifting narrative perspectives, juxtaposition, symbolism and repetition, Cormier highlights modern issues such as the prevalence of violence, the eroding family unit, isolation and the critical affects of alcohol abuse, the audience is effectively drawn into the world of the novel. From the opening pages Cormier draws the reader into the world of the novel by centring the reader's attention on the societal flaw of violence. This is achieved through the use of vivid imagery as four "regular" teenagers are "trashing" the Jerome "cape cod cottage". The use of aggressive verbs, such as "smashing", "shit" and "pissed", function to shock the reader and evoke images of violence and destruction. ...read more.

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The alliteration of Buddy as he "dreaded dinnertimes" demonstrates to the reader the extent to which the walker family has eroded as they cannot sit down to have a meal peacefully. The reader is drawn into the world of the novel as they can relate to the isolation felt by the "victims" of dysfunctional families. By shifting narrative perspective to Jane, the reader is shown how the trashing affects the Jerome family. Jane began to "withdraw" herself from her family and her father because his "accusing eyes" made her feel "it was impossible to be in her house even when her family was around". This emotive language and the word "impossible" further engages the reader into the world of the novel as they empathise with Jane and witness her isolation from her family. The structural technique of shifting narrative perspective also draws the reader into the world of the novel as it is used to juxtapose the Jerome and Walker families. Unlike Buddy's father who has become "a twenty-five-dollar cheque in the mail", Mr Jerome recognises that to overcome their issues "we must go on living." ...read more.

Conclusion

Cormier utilises the tool of characterisation effectively to explore Jane, Buddy and the Avenger. The audience is drawn into the world of the novel as these characters are realistically delineated as individuals struggling with issues present in contemporary society, thus relating to them. The reader connects to Jane as she has incredible strength and will. This is evident when The Avenger kidnaps her and as she is able to "forget everything else, forget Buddy and Karen and everything else. She had to survive". The repetition of "forget" shows her strength and will as some individuals may not have this strength to do so in order to survive. Buddy's weak character is alluded to through the nursery rhyme "we all fall down, don't we?" We all fall down effectively draws the reader into the world of the novel by conveying Cormier's concerns of a corrupt and violent society. Cormier draws the reader into the world of the novel as he illustrates society is flawed by the issues of violence, the eroding family unit, and alcohol abuse. The techniques of imagery, shifting narrative perspectives, juxtaposition, symbolism and repetition articulate the issues presented in the text and those found in contemporary society, enabling Cormier to draw the reader into the world of the novel. ...read more.

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