How do the writers make the characters particularly memorable? Refer to either Secrets or The Taste of Watermelon

How do the writers make the characters particularly memorable?

Choose one from:

Aunt Mary in Secrets (By Bernard MacLaverty)

The protagonist in Secrets (By Bernard MacLaverty)

And

One from:

The protagonist in The Taste of Watermelon (By Borden Deal)

Mr Wills in The Taste of Watermelon (By Borden Deal)

Essay Plan:

  1. Introduce the two characters you will analyse and a quick indication of the reasons you find them memorable characters.

E.g. Through the development of Aunt Mary in “Secrets”, Bernard Maclaverty creates a memorable character who enables us to explore a bygone era as well as study the effect that people of different generations can have on one another’s lives. Similarly, in “The  Taste of Watermelon”, Borden Deal also encourages the reader to consider the impact of human relationships through his portrayal of Mr Wills, who is initially regarded as the community’s fearsome monster, but by the story’s end becomes more human as we consider his  background and the motives for his actions. 

 2. Explore the first reason for character one being memorable. Remember PEE.

E.g. In Secrets, the character of Aunt Mary is introduced as being a dignified character who takes pride in her appearance. This can be seen in the quotation: “_______________”, which shows how she ……..

 3. Explore the first reason that character two is memorable. Remember PEE.

Mr Wills is a character with a fierce reputation. Through the narrator’s description of him on the first page: “______________”. We learn that …………………. 

  4. Explore the second reason for character one being memorable. Remember PEE.

On page one, a particularly striking metaphor is used comparing Aunt Mary to some dying irises: “___________________________”  Encouraging the reader to think about …………………………….

 5. Explore the second reason for character two being memorable. Remember PEE.

E.g. A powerful image of Mr Wills guarding his melon is created on page __: “_____________”, encouraging the reader to picture ………

 6. Explore the third reason for character one being memorable. Remember PEE.

Possibly the most dramatic moment in Secrets is that in which the protagonist is caught reading Aunt Mary’s letters. She responds: “________________”. The reader feels ……………………

 7. Explore the third reason for character two being memorable. Remember PEE.

E.g. Towards the end of “The Taste of Watermelon”, the reader starts to change their perspective of Mr Wills as we learn more about his family circumstances and the reason for his fierce protection of the watermelon, shown in the quote: “______________”. The reader is hereby encouraged to consider ………………………………

 8. Refer back to the question, concluding your reasons for finding these characters memorable,. Finish with a strong argument which reiterates your previous ideas.

E.g. In conclusion, both Deal and MacLaverty build  memorable characters through various literary devices; for example  using structure to reveal more information about characters as the plots are developed, and through the use of  imagery which helps the reader to explore  more deeply the characters,  their actions and motives. Particularly strong and memorable for me was the portrayal of Aunt Mary, a character whose pride and stoicism stopped her from repairing a broken relationship with her young nephew, and also the change in character of Mr Wills and the more positive ending of “The Taste of Watermelon”, in which two male characters act together to make improvements for future growth, both literal (in the sense of next year’s melon crop) and their metaphorical growth as people,  both having  learnt from the events of the story and have maturing as a result.

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