Essay about So Much to Tell You

956 Words Dec 25th, 2010 4 Pages
The novel, ‘So Much To Tell You’ by John Marsden explores the concept of growth and change through the character, Marina, and her struggle to become whole. The contrast of Marina’s character from the beginning of the novel to the end portrays her development during her journey to heal. The composer uses techniques to convey Marina’s growth and change throughout the novel.
Initially, Marina is isolated and detached from the world she once knew. She begins in a tone harsh and cold. “It would stay a cold and empty book, with no secrets.” Her tone is blunt as she describes herself as the “nut case, the psycho with the deformed face” and the “silent freak” suffering from “anorexia of speech”. The main aspect isolating Marina from growing and
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THEY HATE EVERYONE! THEY HATE EACH OTHER!” She uses her journal as the voice she is unable to find to bring her opinion across. However, this belief is contrasted to her later thoughts. “It was really touching... I think I scored the wrong family.” It portrays the large effect the school has made on Marina’s change.
Marina grows and changes from her fragmented shell as she observes and builds relationships with those at the boarding school. The use of contrast emphasises Marina’s growth in trust with those around her. “I’m starting to feel mildly safe. That’s dangerous, I’d better be careful.” Her change is evident as she later writes, “I suppose I do trust them a bit, yet when I came to this place I was so determined never to trust anyone.”
Initially, Marina is determined to remain aloof towards her peers. “Some of them tried a bit... But I gave my famous impression of a cockroach and that put them off.” However, this idea is contrasted as she begins to build relationships and makes effort to forge friendships, particularly with Cathy and Lisa. “I hope you have a Happy Birthday and I wish you love.” Marina characterises Lisa as a “cold, Scandinavian, marble mountain”. This further contributes to Marina’s shock as she discovers Lisa crying. “People have cried in the dorm before... But never Lisa.” Marina expresses her urge to comfort Lisa, though she is unable to. “One day, I’ll tell her how terrible I felt... I couldn’t do anything about it.” This event changes…