The novel, Jasper Jones, written by Craig Silvey, is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a thirteen-year-old and his struggle to face the fact that he helped Jasper Jones, the town’s troublemaker, cover up the death of Laura Wishart. The novel, Jasper Jones has a literary quality which is visible through multiple themes and issues. Through personal context, different issues and themes such as racism, dishonesty, and physical abuse, have challenged and affiliated my personal beliefs while reading the novel.
The idea of physical abuse is the most against my personal context, as I do not believe in such a thing. The author uses the story of Sylvia Likens, a young girl who was mistreated and killed by her foster mother while the rest of the children …show more content…
The fact that he was protecting Jasper, a teenage boy he only met nights before the mentioned quote, makes me wonder, was it right for Charlie to withhold this information? Charlie’s uneasiness to holding in the secret about Laura Wishart proves that secrets can slowly change a person from inside out. I have also felt the damaging nature of keeping a secret. Charlie may have had the right intentions to see Jasper’s side of the truth, before seeing where the case would lead to personally, however, I would have mentioned it to someone as I believe it is the right thing to do, unlike Charlie as at the end of the book no one found out and the cause of Laura’s death, as it was kept from the rest of the town.
The author of Jasper Jones addresses the issue of racism, and this topic does not fit within in my context as I am not Caucasian. Jeffrey Lu is Charlie’s best friend and he is also Vietnamese. Because of his different ethnicity, he becomes a victim of bullying.
And it’s with complete disbelief that I hear real encouragement from the sideline. His teammates. In unison those belligerent bastards, yelling, “Shot, Cong!” across the field, at once turning an insult into a nickname. (Silvey
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The novel follows Stevie an eleven year old girl who lives in Southside Chicago throughout her middle and high school years. Stevie goes through the social pressure of her peers and family to tell her how to act, think, and look. Slowly throughout
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Charlie repeats this to himself because he thinks hiding Laura’s body was wrong and wishes to fix his mistakes. This shows that each decision Charlie makes is to hide Laura’s body, and Charlie is filled with guilt. “Laura Wishart is dead and I touched her warm body and she’s cursed me with dread and sorrow.” (Silvey, P.83) Dialogue is also another crucial technique used by Silvey to explore Charlie’s ethics and
In the novel Jasper Jones the protagonist Charlie is faced with racial aggravation towards his friend Jeffery and his family. As the story progresses, even though they seem small at the time, these racial stereotypes have cruel and unfounded aggravation. Silvey uses a range of language techniques to emphasise how unjustified the racial aggravation is. Jeffery is considered a racial outsider by the villagers and this is evident by the way they treat him.
This is demonstrated in the novel when a member from the town physically abuses Mrs. Lu because her son was elected through to Vietnam. Additionally, not one member of the community decided to help Mrs. Lu due to the fact that they believed this treatment was fair and that the Vietnamese family should tolerate the burden of the escalating anger about the war. (quote) The use of these racial comments enables the audience to feel sympathy and consideration towards the character, Jeffery
Charlie showed courage because he did certain things that would make other kids cower, for example hiding a dead body, standing up to your mom, and stealing some of mad Jacks peaches. A way that Charlie shows courage is helping Jasper hide Laura’s dead body in the dam. "Then we watch her sink. It's messy and it's graceless... We have drowned
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The residents of Corrigan accepts scapegoating as a normal way of living and this also shows how corrupt the justice system is at Corrigan. And this makes Charlie constantly question his notions of right and wrong after being deceived by everyone. (Silvey, P211 – I remember thinking that if I hadn’t seen the cuts and bruises on Jasper’s face for myself, I wouldn’t have thought for a second that this burly paternal copper was capable of locking up an innocent boy without charge and beating him.) However, straight after Jasper finds Laura’s body, he scapegoats Mad Jack Lionel as responsible, even though, he knew that Laura’s father was capable of committing the crime. The cycle of scapegoating and prejudice implemented by Silvey allows the reader to reconsider their views on every character’s morality in the novel including the heroes of the story - Jasper and Charlie.
The title is also interesting to note, as it clues you in on the focus of this text. The whole story is about how the Nurse feels, how Tess slowly learns to relate to her because of the things that happen in her
One of the universal themes of literature is the idea that children suffer because of the mistakes of an earlier generation. The novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" follows the story of Janie Mae Crawford through her childhood, her turbulent and passionate relationships, and her rejection of the status quo and through correlation of Nanny 's life and Janie 's problems, Hurston develops the theme of children 's tribulations stemming from the teachings and thoughts of an earlier generation. Nanny made a fatal mistake in forcibly pushing her own conclusions about life, based primarily on her own experiences, onto her granddaughter Janie and the cost of the mistake was negatively affecting her relationship with Janie. Nanny lived a hard life and she made a rough conclusion about how to survive in the world for her granddaughter, provoked by fear. " Ah can’t die easy thinkin’ maybe de menfolks white or black is makin’ a spit cup outa you: Have some sympathy fuh me.