Tom Brennan Essay

1349 words 6 pages
The experience of moving into the world can challenge individuals attitudes and beliefs. Into the world explores the aspects of growth, transition and change. The novel ' The Story of Tom Brennan' by J.C Burke explores the different ways individuals grow when they are taken out of their comfort zones and venture into new experiences. This concept is also conveyed within the song 'Fast Car' By Tracy Chapman and the film 'Charlie st Cloud' Directed by Burr Steers. 'The Story of Tom Brennan' follows the lives of the Brennan family after the events of a fatal car accident, it shows how Tom the protagonist struggles to cope with his past, similarly the song 'Fast Car' is a representation of an escape, a women seeking to flee a life she finds …show more content…

They remain a united family even though they are faced with an extremely complex situation. Joe Brennan, the father is pulled in many different directions but seems to be able to keep calm at all times. He visits Daniel and fin on a regular basis, tries to keep tom interested in rugby and is very supportive of his wife Tess, who has become almost catatonic from her grief. the contrasting behaviours of these characters highlights the differences in individuals when they are faced with challenges in their journey of moving into the world. Tracy champans song 'Fast Car' also highlights the challenges and changes required by individuals to move into the world. Throughout the lyrics of this song we are introduced to the persona's voice as she recounts the challenges and choices she has faced to move into the world. She chose to leave school to look after her alcoholic father but is astute enough to know that to remain is to die for he is beyond her help. Also throughout the lyrics we are introduced to her partner, and soon realise she is the productive one, the worked, the organiser, the one who access they have 'nothing to lose' because they are both beginning 'from zero'. The use of poetic voice here also shows the transition in time and a growing maturity and list of responsibilities for the persona in the text. Flashbacks like the non-linear structure of burkes text, are also evident within this song; they are used to give information about what she remembers