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. The point of view of this book is first person and is written as an internal monologue and displayed in a diary format.
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 healing is her muteness, “Silence, always my fortress, sometimes my prison.
” The use of juxtaposition portrays how Marina’s fortress is protecting her and helping her to survive while it also contradicts as a prison, trapping and concealing her from the world.
The composer uses symbolism to portray Marina’s imprisonment and abandonment. “I drew lots of stripes, which weren’t stripes at all, but were bars, prison bars. ” By disconnecting herself from others, it prevents Marina from forming relationships with those who can help her grow and change. The conflicts between Marina’s parents were not just any common petty fights, she had a self-absorb mother and a father that feel like a nuclear cloud about to explode, and they bear a great significance dysfunctional family system.
In my ex-family my mother would yell and scream quite a lot and rush upstairs. But my father just went into a brooding quietness, an ugly silence that went on forever and scared me forever. ” This was Marina’s description of fights her parents had, and it palpably highlighted the graveness of their relationship. Often a dysfunctional family is also the result of strained or unnatural relationships between partners or parent and child. she could not communicate with them in the relaxed and casual way the way family members do.
A change occurred in Marina when she saw Lisa crying, she realized that she wasn’t the only one with problems, & that each and every one has problems no matter how strong they seem on the outside. When Marina first came to the dorm she was afraid to trust, befriend or even love anyone, but throughout the book things kept occurring that made her realize, you can trust people. As the novel progresses, Marina’s entries suggest that she is becoming more in touch with her peers, and “moving round the school more confidently”.
Her visit to Mr Lindells house over the weekend is a very significant event in Marina’s transformation. Throughout the weekend she becomes more expressive, expressed through her tone of excitement in the phrase “it was good! And they’re so nice! Nice, nice, nice”! Here, the use of exclamation and the repetition of the word, ‘nice’ emphasize Marina’s positive involvement in life. This is contrasted with Marina being a passive spectator during school tennis, and life in general. Marina and her journey to wholeness have been able to let her grow, change and develop.
Marina was isolated and detached from the world she once knew. By disconnecting herself from others, it prevents Marina from forming relationships with those who can help her grow and change. She had a self-absorb mother and a father that feel like a nuclear cloud about to explode, and they bear a great significance dysfunctional family system. Her visit to Mr Lindells house over the weekend is a very significant event in Marina’s transformation. She is now more positive and confident. Old Marina living her life is gone in a new way.