Tom Brennan Essay

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‘Moving into the world involves different pathways to new experiences’ could be interpreted in many different ways. In The Story of Tom Brennan by JC Burke, Tom experiences different emotions and situations as he attempts to move into the world when his brother Daniel is involved in a tragic car accident. The image by Image Zoo also shows four different pathways leading into the one tree with branches that lead up into the sky. This picture shows the tree of life and how people can take different paths to experiences. I Measure Every Greif I Meet is a poem by Emily Dickinson that shows the strength a person needs to overcome grief in their lives. The strength comes within the individual and ...view middle of the document...

This shows the audience that people may encounter different situations in life, everyone is different. We are all heading in the same direction but we are all unique and will branch off into different directions. Just as the characters are positioned at different heights people in life may rise in the tree or fall, just as we experience happy moments along with devastating moments. The position of characters also shows that just because someone is above another does not mean that they will experience more things than others as the tree only branches up into the sky. Everyone is involved with the one world as represented by the tree. However that involves different pathways to new experiences through different branches as in the picture the tree doesn’t move off into one branch, it moves into many.
The use of body language and choice of costume in the image shows the characters moving towards the tree as their goal. They are wearing business type clothing which may symbolise a desire for opportunity and success. The characters are shown with their arms thrusting forward towards the light at the centre they all strive to achieve. The characters have a wide appearance, a defensive stance. They are prepared for what is in store for them. The effect is of this is to imply that the characters are capable of getting through life’s experiences. The characters in business clothes and standing broadly show the willingness for success, they have a firm grip on life. This links back to the main point that moving into the world, shown by the characters thrusting forward into the tree can experience many opportunities and “branch off” in a new direction to experience new circumstances.
In the poem I Measure Every Grief I Meet, the main character struggles through the pain of grief. She searches for the strength to overcome it. She looks at others throughout the poem to see if they feel the same pain as she does. “I wonder if it weighs like mine” this use of the rhetorical question that are involved with ‘moving into the world’, to ask ‘where am I at?’. The idea of ‘universal suffering’, that everyone feels pain at one point in time. The character approaches it from the personal perspective in questioning whether people are suffering from grief. The pain she feels is eternal, “I could not tell the Date of Mine”. This shows the audience the experience she has with grief, which, inturn will help her overcome the problem. Relating to the different pathways of life, her grief shows that life can involve many different challenges. We just need the strength to overcome it; this is the pathway to new experiences.
The first person nature of the poem by Dickinson allows the poet to involve the audience to be in the main characters thoughts and feelings. The hurt that is within her shown through the opening title “I measure every grief I meet” she shows what feelings are going to be shown in the poem. The word “measure” means that she will be analysing the...

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