...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 healing is her muteness, “Silence, always my fortress, sometimes my prison.” The use of juxtaposition portrays how Marina’s fortress is a safe haven, 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. Marina hides behind a mask to avoid any emotional connection with others. She uses a tone of grief, “because part of my face is changed, I’m not the...
Farmers understand the concept of reaping what you sow very well, and that is why if one wants mangoes they plant mangoes and not tomatoes. Similarly in life, whatever you sow is what you shall reap. If you sow hatred and bitterness, the same shall be your portion, but if you sow kindness and love, you will reap tons of it.
I came across a short story earlier today that I would like to share with us.... Read on.
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk.
He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”
She gently looked at him and replied, “You don’t owe me anything.Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”
He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.”
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. Before that moment, he had been ready to give up and quit.
Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She began to read the following words:
“Paid in full with one glass of milk” ..... Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.
At that point maybe she couldn't recall who Dr. Howard Kelly was, but I can only imagine that later on when she went to look for him to thank him she asked him what he meant by that note on her bill - if it was me that's what I would do. Can you imagine how things would have been if the woman had been rude to that little boy back then all those years ago? That one little act of kindness not only saved the young boy's life, but it also paid her hospital bill in full, way in advance.
Always remember that whatever you do to others today may not have repercussions immediately, but one time in this life it definitely will...(hopefully, it won't come back to haunt you or those you love.) It's never too late to be kind; you can decide to start a journey of kindness from today going forward. It may not be easy especially when the same people you are trying to be kind to are the same ones thinking and acting like you are the devil's twin; but be kind to them anyway.... a time will come when they will remember your deeds and regret their actions.
Let every day of your life be an opportunity for you to sow kindness; you never know who you might be helping, or more importantly, what your act of kindness is paying for in advance........