The Idea Of Perfection Essay

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Kristiane Plehwe 11F7'The Idea of Perfection' - Unseen Commentary Passage AnalysisThe passage extract from Kate Grenville's 'The Idea of perfection', explores the idea of contrast and the idea of perfection, by a woman travelling to a township and finding an old bridge which seems to be a main point of division between the community. It is stated the community has this division because half want it demolished, whilst the others believe it is cultural heritage. The bridge is a major object in this passage for the reason that bridges are a symbol of unity, but here it is seen as a separation. The woman ends up drawing the structure of the bridge many times until she believes it correct, but finds that even the simplest drawings of the bridge could never be perfect.Grenville sets a peaceful scene in the country using sensory imagery, describing the landscape and objects that she encounters. There is a mention of a "fork in the road" which could be symbolic of the divided community over the bridge. The two roads which lead off from the junction not only are in different directions but one uphill and the other down. The path going down is to the township, which could imply something is wrong or it needs to be lifted back up, to be modernised. The town being "split" over what to do with the bridge is the conflict between the new, young residents wanting a modern and practical bridge and the older residents wanting the bridge as heritage. The argument is fixed on the bridge and it is described as having an "apologetic look", which would mean the dispute is the bridges fault, almost as if the bridge is apologising for what is happening. Already early in the passage many contrasts have arisen which suggests the importance of the bridge and what conflicts it has caused.In the passage, metaphors are used to help create the images of what the woman can see. When she walks down the road, into the town she sees cows lined up "like ornaments on a mantelpiece". This suggests the town is very orderly and set in their ways; the older residents would like things not to change. Their order is messed up when younger residents arrive and want to demolish the old in exchange for modern things. The woman knows about the bridge from "its picture in the paper", and for articles to be in the paper there must be a good reason. This implies that the argument is a large issue and needs to be fixed.The passage includes a large amount of description of the bridge. It is seen from many angles, from a distance and up close. The woman describes the detail in a few pieces of wood. There is a great deal of colour imagery used in describing the wood which could suggest diversity in the town or it is evidence that the bridge had been there for many years of wear-and-tear. Grenville uses "dried blood" to describe some of the colour the woman sees in the wood. Blood is usually a symbol of death and war, but the word dried makes it much older, not fresh or new. It could also mean an...

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