"The Shark Net" written by Robert Drewe is a non-fiction Autobiographical text which is part-true crime and part autobiographical. Robert Drewe captivates the reader's interest through the events, places, and people of early his childhood and adolescence, and the Eric Cooke serial killings. By using techniques such as symbolism, language and selection of detail, Drewe positions the reader to respond with intrigue to his experiences.
At the age of six Drewe was required to move from Melbourne to start a new beginning in a foreign environment 'Perth'. From his early childhood growing up with different children in both the coastal environment and Melbourne he begins to use the frequent repetition of "The Sand People". Language has been used to juxtapose the culture, the way of living in Melbourne compared to the way of living in Western Australia. He refers to the "Sand People" to be living close to the dunes, and "Sun and wind had rearranged the appearance of the Sand People, too-tanned, freckled, scabbed and bleached them.
With their darker skins, red eyed, raw noses and permanent deep cracks in their bottom lips, they looked nothing like Melbourne people". This quote symbolizes this importance of the beach and sun to locals, and underlines the differences of the people in Melbourne and Perth.
Once Drewe leant the way of life in his new environment 'Perth', he becomes increasingly more aware of the social indifferences between himself and his father and mother. The lack of communication with his father, and the over protectiveness of his mother creates a barrier between them which escalates into an on going conflict.
This is reinforced when Drewe's father avoids certain aspects of parenting and instead hands him a "Father and Son" booklet, and again when he discovers that he and his...