Myrtle Dunnage: Character Description
Myrtaceae – a common shrub with dark shiny evergreen leaves, white scented flowers, black berries.
Ancient civilizations believed that myrtle was a symbol of immortality
Romans displayed myrtle lavishly at feasts, weddings and celebrations and was often woven into bridal wreaths.
Egyptians used the plant to treat nervous afflictions.
French women drank tea made from crushed myrtle leaves, believing that it would help to preserve their youthful appearance and overall vigor.
Myrtle is the nickname for a family of shrubs and trees collectively known as Myrtaceae.
Myrtle is very popular as an insect repellent, for both human and animals.
In Greek mythology and ritual the myrtle was sacred to the …show more content…
Where they live, description:
Tilly, while in Dungatar, lives on the Hill above the town ‘detached but seeing everything’ (pg. 18), William Beaumont expresses interest at the beginning of the book at the looks up to the Hill, removed from the general landscape of the town- he is attracted to the idea of the Hill. Before Dungatar, Tilly had lived throughout Europe; London, Spain, Milan, Paris (pg. 157).
Whether Ham uses them to convey particular messages or concerns-
Tilly is the character who, initially, was the weakest. She was innocent and unable to defend herself, yet Dungatar’s resident adults and children both abused her in terrible ways. Myrtle, as a young girl, represents pure innocence and naivety tarnished and broken by the wretchedness of society and its flaws.
As an adult, Tilly is a strong and independent woman who is intelligent and unable to be misused by Dungatar.
‘They'll just have to get used to you’… -Teddy
'No. I'll have to get used to them" - Tilly pg. 91
"On the contrary, I'm used a lot"- Tilly pg. 168 "Everyone likes to have someone to hate"- Tilly pg. 175 "There is nothing