Through the themes explored in Kate McCaffrey’s novel “Destroying Avalon”, McCaffrey has certainly engaged readers to her novel. This teen-fiction novel focuses on a young girl, Avalon, who severe bullying after moving to a new school. It is through this character that McCaffrey develops the key themes of the novel; Cyber bullying and its hypothetically deadly penalties, the closely related issues nearby self- identity and the significant theme power of words. It is thorough these challenging and significant themes and the techniques used to present them that McCaffrey has created successful and appealing move. Through her novel “Destroying Avalon” McCaffrey provides an interesting and confronting insight into the nature of bullying amongst teens in an age of increasing internet technology. McCaffrey particularly focusses on the issue of cyber bullying and makes a clear statement about the possible, very serious consequence of bullying. McCaffrey mainly uses internet slag and curses to provide insight into the true nature of cyber bullying. The character, “Avalon, moves to a new school and suffers ongoing harassment; “Avalon is a Dirty SL#T... I hear she rooted the whole hockey team.” bullying and therefore successfully engaging readers. Another important and engaging theme explored throughout the novel is the theme of self-identity and self-worth. McCaffrey uses her novel to reveal the struggle many teenagers face with the understanding that they are and valancing themselves. We particularly see this through the character Marshall. Early in the novel we the readers believe he is gay because of the description Avalon gives him about “I figured it was because he was gay”. However, after Marshall’s death, we learn that Avalon’s descriptions were in fact red hearings, as McCaffrey reveals that his sexual identity was something that he struggled with. As Avalon reads through his diary she observers “he was confused. He sounded like a wreck”...
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