Jasper Jones Analysis

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Jasper Jones is a 2009 novel aimed at young adults, which focuses on the death of Laura Wishart, and the journey protagonist Charlie Bucktin and his friend Jasper Jones undergo in order to discover to truth of her death. Throughout the novel, the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which was aimed at adult women is mentioned, in an interesting use of intertextuality by author Craig Silvey. Eliza Wishart, younger sister of Laura, dreams of a life in New York as Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Silvey uses this as a way to explore escapism. The two texts also deal with themes such as isolation and the search for identity using a range of literary devices and stylistic features, in particular, imagery, literary allusion and…show more content…
We hear of her moving to New York to escape her life as a child bride after being orphaned at a young age. This story allows the audience to gain a sense of sympathy for Holly, and enhances the pathos of the story. This pathos puts the audience into the shoes of Holly and enables them to understand the reasoning behind her escape. The use of language features like pathos and literary allusion allow the authors of both texts to convey the theme of escapism. Furthermore, both authors explore the theme of isolation throughout their texts. In Jasper Jones, Laura constantly feels isolated from her community, and seeks refuge from this isolation in a relationship with Jasper. The isolation is represented through the characterisation of Laura. Towards the end of the novel, it is revealed that her father had been sexually assaulting her. The isolation she was experiencing due to this assault comes to a head at the climax of the novel, where we read Laura’s suicide note. She reveals that although she is now dead, she has been “dead inside long before this” and that her “life was disappearing”. This is a clear example of the isolation manifesting within her to the extent that she feels suicide is her only option. In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, we are introduced to the isolation and anxiety Holly feels through dialogue. In one particular scene, Holly explains to Paul how she is experiencing the “Mean reds”, which is when you are afraid of something, but you do not know what
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