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I Am The Messenger By Markus Suzak

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Being close with a sibling is very important to many people and in the novel I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, a 19 year-old Australian boy named Ed is struggling with his relationship with his brother. Ed is going nowhere in his life, while his brother Tommy is going to college and making something of himself. Ed and Tommy are not very close, but Ed wishes they were. The theme of brothers who have a relationship that needs repairing is a recurring theme in the novel. There are two other pairs of brothers in the novel who have issues with each other. In the novel Ed tries to contribute to improving those relationships. The novel has a big focus on brothers and trying to fix their ...view middle of the document...

Ed then goes to meet Father Thomas and tries to understand why he has been sent there. He learns that his message is to get people to attend Father Thomas’ church on Sunday. He finally gets a lot of people into the church for mass one Sunday by offering free beer to those who attend. One of the people who attend the mass is Father Thomas’ bother Tony and his family. As the day is winding down Ed says, “The last thing I see that day is Thomas and Tony O’Reilly sitting on the steps of the church, smoking together” (164). Ed helps the two brothers get together and spend time with each other for the first time in years. He later says that he doubts they will talk often, but at least he got them together and got them to spend time with each other. He put the relationship on the road to recovery.
The next pair of brothers Ed must confront are the Rose bothers. They fight just about every day and they seem more like enemies than siblings. Ed needs to figure out how to get the two brothers to unite more and act more like brothers. One night after the brothers fight Ed walks up to the younger brother, Gavin, and beats him up. Ed does...

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