Comparison of A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove (or a Bridge to Depression) and a Bridge to Terabithia
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Reader reviewed by Luke Skywalker
Comparison of the novels: Bridge to Terabithia and A Bridge to Wisemans Cove
The characters in a Bridge to Terabithia were more uplifting and showed the best side of human nature compared with the characters from A Bridge to Wisemans Cove.
The three important characters in a Bridge to Terabithia are Jesse Aarons, Leslie Burke and Mary Belle Aarons. Jesse Aarons is an artistic boy. He has anger problems, and is depressed at the start of the book. After he meets Leslie at school, Jesses personality is transformed into letting go of his anger and frustration. Leslie Burke is an intelligent, talented, and imaginative tomboy and story writer. She and Jesse create an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia. Lesley has a lot of imagination, and Jess Aarons thinks highly of her. She is not accepted by other student in her school. May Belle Aarons is one of Jesses younger sisters. She is the only sister with whom Jesse feels comfortable, however, because she is seven and Jesse is ten, he cannot confide in her. At the end of the novel and after Leslies death, Jesse makes her Queen of Terabithia.
The three important characters in A Bridge to Wisemans Cove were Carl Matt, Kerry Matt and Harley Matt. Carl Matt is an overweight, depressed, angry and frustrated teenager. His mother and then his sister abandon Carl and his younger brother, Harley. At the end of the novel, Carl finds out that his mother died in a bus crash. Carl appears to become resigned to his life in the small country town. Harley Matt, Carls younger ten year old brother becomes a juvenile delinquent to vent his anger and frustration. Harley is arrested by the police three or four times, and at the end of the book is adopted by another family. This is the closest this book gets to a happy ending.
In a Bridge to Terabithia, Jesses personality changed from the beginning of the novel when he was a fearful, angry and depressed teenager to a courageous character in the face of grief over losing his best friend, Leslie. As the story progresses he also finds the joys of life, and begins to become less angry at times of stress.
In A Bridge to Wisemans Cove, Carls personality changed from the beginning of the novel when he was a fearful, angry and depressed teenager to an individual more accepting of his family and of the small town in which they live. It was difficult to empathise with any of the characters, as they were all self-interested and represented the worst side of human nature. The book was thoroughly depressing, the characters very self-absorbed, and the small town very limiting. Harley was expressing his anger and frustration by behaving like a juvenile delinquent.
With support from his family and teacher, Jesses character in a Bridge to Terabithia learned to let go of his anger and frustration, and his short friendship with Leslie allowed him to become a stronger human being. Carl, on the other hand, has not the support of his family, and under these circumstances, it is difficult to imagine he has become stronger and more courageous in the face of his adversities. At the end of the book, Carl throws off some of his prejudice about his mother and then his sister abandoning him, but does not find inner peace.
A bridge to Wisemans cove is a good read; I guess you could call it that. Though I think it is overrated. I think anyone who writes a mildly emotional book can get attention and can get year 9 students like us, to study it. The book has some good themes like Love, Family and Belonging. I think if you include any of themes you can make a relatively good novel.
Love is one of the predominant themes in the story. Love recurs throughout the course of the novel. The different times the books touch on love for example when Beryl says to Carl: Wholl love you if your own mother doesnt? And when Joy takes in Harley: Its not the cake. Its Joy. Shes the only person whos been good to him since we came here. So you can see how this theme recurs. I think any book that touches on the theme love, will make a relatively good book.
The most dominant theme in the book, Family. This book is basically based on family relationships. An example of this is: Carl floated in the sea of families where everyone, it seemed, walked spoke and laughed with at least one other a daughter, a father, a mate. This is an example of one of the themes. Yes, this theme is a good theme, but it can become utterly boring.
Belonging, the final dominant theme in the book. The book focuses on belonging, we see this when Carl starts to finally fit into an environment his comfortable with. We can see this from these quotes: Carl slumped against the hull, shivering in the evening breeze. He was exhausted but happier hed been since he arrived in WattleBeach, happier than hed been since his mother disappeared. This is a pretty basic theme as well, but it does become utterly boring later in the book.
So its a relatively good book, but it becomes utterly boring if you analyse it. My tip is to read it once, and only once.
A bridge to Wisemans cove is an alright book, but drags on for a long time. There are too many chapters in the book, which are really short. I probably wouldnt have read it, if we hadnt read it at school for English. The book gives an understanding on how some teenagers deal with family problems and how they cope. The book starts of with Carls mother leaving him, causing Carl and Harley to be sent off to Wattle beach to live with Beryl. Throughout the novel, Carl develops and understanding and realises that he can longer hide himself from the world. The book ends, with Carl and Harley finding a family who care about them. I would recommend the book for teenagers from 13-15 as they can relate to themes and topics in this book.
A Bridge to Wisemans Cove was an OK book. It shows a good sense of emotion, isolation and loneliness. This book also shows that family is like a puzzle if you lose a piece, its as though it can never be completed again. But sometimes you may find the few pieces which can fit into your puzzle and make it whole again. Replacement! J
This book was an overall interesting book. At the start the plot is boring making you almost want to stop but then you start to get interested with the build up of each of the characters. The book sets up and explains each of the characters very well it gives you more of a sense of whats going on.
In the book there is a number of themes that many could relate to like family, friends and feeling alone. In the book these issues are resolved making each chapter as interesting as the last.
Overall it was an interesting book but started off boring. This is a good book for just about anyone 12 or older since some material is inappropriate for minors. Its a good book and worth the read but its up to you if you read it or not.
were do i begin to all you lovers out there this book to me was a piece of my grammas home made apple pie ill tell you why I dont like his book for a couple main reason I dont like the substituting of the osprey to me seems like an idea the author came up with half way through a joint. To me the part at the start were matt is watching maddie seems a little perverted to little kids out there creeping on girls watching them change is a sick mind. To James Maloney out there you should try and include love in this novel with matt and maddie would please all those sick minded kids youve created.
Im not just going to talk about how bad the book was I will give it credit for the front cover but besides that I did not enjoy this book at all.
I have read many reviews for this book and am surprised about the amount of people who enjoyed this book. As an avid reader, I will happily devour any book that is set in front of me. I had to read this book for book for English and I have to say that I didn't enjoy it.
The actual way the book was written in a was good, but I grew to detest the characters and the plot. I found the main themes of the book were very repetitive and the storyline bored and frustrated me. Carl was a 15 year old with a tragic storyline and plenty of insecurities. While some people sympathised with the boy, I found him to be the stereotypical insecure teenager. Admittedly, he was living a difficult life, but I got a bit sick of the poor me routine.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone I know, but if you are into very finding youself-y family novels, then this book is for you.
I think this is a book everyone should read because it has somethink for everyone in it, Harley is my favrouit persone because he gets into lots of trouble all the time. Aunt Berrly is the worst out of the lot she is a witch she hates neally everyone and all she wants is money and a boyfriend.
My teacher made me read it, so we could do work on it, and i don't blame him for making us read it, for a change i liked a book and i don't read for engoyment i read because i have to.
This book was very interesting and had a very happy, sad and amusing storyline. I think the book was well written and since it was written in third person so I understood what all the characters very well. I liked the themes of love and family which was shown by the kids being abandoned by their mother and being taken in by Joy Duncan. I think this is what made his book interesting.
In the book the main theme I believed was family. There were many family issues in the book with the tension between Harley, Carl and Aunt Beryl. Aunt Beryl does not welcome them as family. She is only interested in letting the boys stay so that she can obtain their social security payments.
In the book Carl had issues with his body image and self-esteem. Carl was too self-conscious about his appearance He wore a t-shirt as a paltry ruse against public humiliation. (p44) This is common in most adolescence teens whom I would recommend this I book to.
Overall this book is very interesting and in some parts amusing and is a pretty good book to read if you are in year 9 and you would probably like it too. Some parts are boring.
i had to read this book for school and i felt it wasn't all that bad.
i had to write and essay and answer questions and there is alot of reading 'between the lines' things going on.
although, i felt the osprey wasn't reallt that important and i keep getting questions about it.
and it never really explain what the heck 'curse of the matts' was! it was like seperated throughout the whole book and we only had little sctions about it.
damn that was annoying to find quotes for my essay!!!!
but overall, i felt the book was very cleaverly put together and the story line was pretty good.
p.s:on the new years eve night, who would strip their friend naked on the bed, knowing their was a gut in the house!!!?!?!?!