How Themes and Ideas Are Represented in Mandragora

Mandragora Essay

How The themes & Ideas are represented in mandragora

100 years after the Dunarling shipwreck, two youngsters discovered dolls hidden secretly in a cave. These youngsters Adam Hardy and Catriona Chisholm, along with them were the school bullies, Richard Vernon and Mike Carter. The dolls discovered were 'Swith' who was cursed with fire, 'Agley' with mischance, 'Smeddum' with foulness and 'Snell' was cursed with the final destruction.
Adam and Catriona form a bond with each other, and as time unfolds and Adam starts having visions of the past he realises that Catriona looks just like Margaret Colquhoun, a survivor of the Dunarling.   Adam tracks down two of these dolls that were held by Mike Carter and Richard Vernon. The dolls have control over Mike & Richard and posses them into setting fire to the hardware store, poisoning the water tank and crashing a bus. Tam Dubh, the fifth mandrake doll, warns Adam what is going to happen, so he manages to stop the last two events from completely occurring. Adam then destroys all of the dolls by throwing them over a cliff into the ocean. Throughout this story we have main themes & ideas which tie the events together, but how are they represented? I’m focusing on one main theme, Love & that its a challenge worth going for & a second subordinate theme that love does not change over time.

How the theme of love is represented in the novel is through many different techniques.
First of all how does David MacRobbie convey through his writing what love means? He uses the technique of the characters actions to signify that love is a challenge worth going for because the rewards are great. This is represented through the determination of Adam never wanting to give up on his feelings for Catriona. When Catriona believed all the rumors about Adam poisoning the water tank, she was angry and disappointed in him, but he still kept his head high and persisted to convince her she was wrong, this was achieved when...