The Messenger Essay

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‘The Messenger’ Essay By H.W. In the novel titled ‘The Messenger’ written by Markus Zusak, each part of the novel features a suit of card which is symbolic of Ed’s messages. Ed has to protect the diamonds, survive the clubs, dig deep through the spades, and feel the hearts. Ed also needs to know that he is not the messenger but the message, when he receives the joker card. Zusak uses cards to symbolise Ed’s journey. Diamonds and clubs are symbolic to Ed’s journey as he had to protect the diamond and survive the clubs. Ed has to protect the diamonds by helping the people through their problems. He does this by saving a young mother and daughter from their abusive husband who rapes his wife every night while drunk. Ed also helps an old woman from loneliness by pretending to be her deceased husband who died at a young age. Ed also helps a young girl by giving her an empty shoebox to show she has the confidence to shine no matter what. Ed has to survive the clubs by dealing with aggressive problems. He does this by helping Thomas O’Reilly with getting people to his church. Ed also helps a young mother Angie Caruso by giving her an ice-cream cone to make her feel loved. Ed also has to beat up Gavin Rose to make his brother realise how much family means to him. The diamonds symbolise that the people he needs to help are precious and do need protecting. The Clubs symbolise that they were all part of a group and needed to know that they all belong. Spades and hearts are symbolic to Ed’s journey as he has to dig deep through the spades and feel the hearts. Ed has to dig deep through the spades by having to search through records to find who he needs to help. He does this by finding the people’s names through clues in books. Ed helps the Tatupu family by giving them Christmas lights just in time for Christmas. Ed helps her mother by ending the tension between
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