Playing Beatie Bow Character Analysis

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Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park Ruth Park is the author who wrote Playing Beatie Bow in 1980. Ruth Park was born in New Zealand, but settled and married in Australia, where she was inspired by the environment around her. This story is one that meant for an older, more young adult aged, children due to the maturity needed to comprehend the significance of the time travel and the relationships presented throughout the main character’s physical, emotional and mental journey. It also happens to be a lengthy story that younger children, with notoriously short attention spans, might lose interest in. It stays within the children’s literature realm because it centers around a young, female character. In this case, though, the parental units play …show more content…
The adults, throughout this story, act as push or pull factors for our main character; the adults directly affect the main character’s actions and/or guide her along the way. Though this book exists as part of the time travel fantasy genre; its true theme lies within the concept or role of family and is very much a coming-of-age story for the main character. The story of Beatie Bow would not be worth reading in a college literature class, thirty-six years after being put to paper if it did not have the added component of family and love infused in every aspect of the story. A fourteen-year-old girl by the name of Abigail Kirk is the main character of Playing Beatie Bow. The reader first meets Abigail as a young, Australian girl living in Sydney around 1970s, maybe the 1980s. Abigail is your quintessential loaner, teenager having no friends to speak of. We quickly learn that this is a result of her father leaving her mother and her for another woman four years prior to …show more content…
The along with this is the lesson of love. The biggest lesson Abigail learns in this story is that love is complicated; it is something that comes in different forms and spans time and space. Love is not something you learn from a book or watching television and the people around you; it is something you have to experience firsthand. This is entirely true for Abigail. Here is a girl who felt abandoned by her father and betrayed by her mother’s desire to reunite with him; so much so that she even wishes to change her last name to cut any remaining ties to that family. Then she is ripped from the world she knows and dropped into an unknown world with a family unlike any she would ever meet. In observing this family, she witnesses the different types of love members of a family can have and the ways in which they show it. The family dynamic among the Bows and Talliskers is so potent that is it rubbing off on Abigail and she does not even notice. In her time of need, it is Granny Tallisker that she calls out for, instead of her own grandmother. Judah daring act to rescue Abigail, sparks a kind of love in her that she had never known. Despite the love she had for him, her feelings she had toward other family members would not allow her to break the bond between Judah and Dovey. By the end of her time in 1873 Abigail wanted nothing more than to fulfil the prophecy and save her

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