Commentary on The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville Essay

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Commentary on The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville

“…a humble little thing, the bend giving it an apologetic look.”

The author portrays the reader of a bent bridge in which the community is divided on a heritage issue. This passage is taken from The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville. As the extract progresses, the reader realizes that the local community is divided into two groups on the ‘bent’ bridge. This passage contains some paradoxes and opposites. The ‘bent bridge itself is a paradox. It is an old and damaged bridge; yet, there are a group of people believing that the old bridge is part of the area’s cultural heritage. The authorial concern is that things do not always result, as
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This creates a tone of joy and simplicity. Colors are sometimes used repeatedly to reinforce their intended effect, and create patterns such as the use of grey to describe the various colors of timbers “one was pink- grey with fine streaks of red like dried blood in the grain”.

Grenville effectively presents her main character, although, this is a third-person narrative, everything is filtered through her thoughts and response. The way the piece is written in the third person is supported in the way that the extract is structured. It is one way to present the main character by conveying the reader what is in the mind the main character through the descriptions of her response – where she focuses on. For example, when she laughed at the sign aloud like “a bark” gives the reader a sense of humor. The main character is nameless and has got no identity – “She looked up into the sky…”. The author portrays the reader an imaginative and creative character through her response when “she… stood drawing squares and long rectangles” and the way she looks at life, nature and surroundings as art such as water “sun shone transparent amber water” and sky “the palest kind of blue, a big quiet light”. These sentences lively communicate to the reader in
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