Bone Deep

I denne study guide får du hjælp til analyse af “Bone Deep” (2018) af Martin Malone. Novellen var en del af den skriftlige eksamen i Engelsk B på STX den 20. maj 2020. Derudover får du et summary af teksten og inspiration til fortolkningen.

Martin Malone er en irsk forfatter af romaner og noveller. Han har gjort tjeneste i den irske hær og skrev et memoir om sin tid dér, The Lebanon Diaries. Hans roman The Broken Cedar blev indstillet til International Dublin Literary Award og var med i kapløbet om en Irish Fiction Award.

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Symbols

The skeleton of the young woman found in the well is an important symbol in the context of the story. We can both see it as a negative and as a positive symbol in relation to the family and their conflict. 

The negative symbolism has to do with the fact that the skeleton is a symbol of untimely death, since the skeleton is believed to be that of a young girl, probably 15, the age Marcus was when he died. It is also interesting to note that each family member has a theory about what happened to the young woman, and the theory somehow echoes their beliefs about the accident. For instance, Ann believes the young woman was murdered because “men are just animals” (l. 82). This is consistent with her belief that her father “murdered” Marcus. 

Ian thinks the woman was drunk and fell in the well (l. 56). This symbolizes how Ian sees the accident; that perhaps his father drank too much and consequently had an accident in which he was also a victim. He also mentions that the well was poisoned by the woman’s body and then sealed off (l. 57), which symbolizes how the father is considered to have poisoned the family through his actions, becoming symbolically sealed off from them. It is also interesting ...

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Bone Deep

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  • 13-01-2021
    Givet af 2.g'er på STX