Only Ten Assessment Task Term 3
Main Character: Pearl
Only Ten Pearl Sienna Littleford Ms Smith 23
'The Shah is an undercover agent.'
'Ah, Inspector Gadget!'
Only Ten By Allan Baillie
'It's growing. They're all growing.'
'Pearl's Chinese - ABC - Australian Born Chinese - but she reckoned because they both looked foreign she had a toe in The Shah's camp.' Page 34 This is a part in Pearl's characterisation because it is when she believes she can empathise with Hussein as they are both from different countries with different cultures.
"Shh..." 'Bruce suddenly looked about him like a furtive cartoon character.' "The Shah is an undercover agent." "Ah, Inspector Gadget!" 'Pearl grinned.' Page 34 Pearl is annoyed when Hussein does not tell her where he is from. Pearl then begins to join in with the rest of the class by teasing Hussein. This plays a part in Pearl's development as it shows how quickly she changes her mind to be accepted in the group at Hussein's expense.
'I was taking Suzy - my kid sister - to the library when we saw him running his fingers over a small mandarin tree, as if he couldn't believe that it was there. Smelling the fruit, pressing at the the earth and even listening to the leaves.' Page 35 This is an important part of Pearl's characterisation because it is when she develops a deeper understanding of Hussein's context. Perhaps Pearl is beginning to realise it is difficult for Hussein to interact in their world due to his past experiences.
'Suzy is Pearl's giggly kid sister. Was. One afternoon she got hit by a truck on a crossing with flashing lights and everything... Suzy was dead... At lunchtime Pearl and The Shah were mixing lunches, her Vegemite sandwiches and his funny flatbread.' Page 37. This scene shows Pearl's memory of her sister being killed. This is an important scene due to Pearl's development as a character because Pearl makes a connection with Hussein, who offers her comfort in her time of grief.
"We saw Horse's city on TV soon after that. Buildings with shell holes, walls scarred by bullet patterns... Nothhing green, nothing growing... 'Sorry Hussein ,' Pearl said at the swimming carnival next day. Page 38 This is a part of Pearl's characterisation because it is when she understands how difficult life was in Hussein's home country and how their comments and taunts could have been quite hurtful to him. Pearl realises that we are all human beings and we need to respect each others similarities and differences.