"Strange Objects" by Gary Crew gives the reader the ability to think about many aspects of the novel in an abstract way. If read with an open mind, the reader can uncover many secrets of the novel, as well as some of the themes which the author would like you to discover. The plot, characterization, setting and conflict help to show the theme of 'history repeating itself'. This is portrayed in the novel through what happened to Jan Pelgrom in the past, repeating itself with Steven Messenger in the present.
The stories of Pelgrom and Messenger that develop in Strange Objects run along parallel plotlines in the novel. In the story from the past Jan Pelgrom found a ring that glows, he got sick, broke away from Wouter Loos and killed a female Aborigine. In the story from the present, Steven Messenger also found the same ring that glows, became ill, distanced himself from his mother and society and killed Charlie Sunrise (an Aboriginal male).
A cannibal pot, hand and ring were crucial objects in both stories. The two storylines show very similar events caused by the ring. Clearly, it can be seen that the past and present are linked and history is therefore replicated.
Characters are the important people used to tell the story. They not only develop in personality through a novel but can do things such as help highlight crucial themes as well. In Strange objects the holder of the ring in both the past and the present undergo many physical and mental transformations linked to the ring. Evidence of this is how Steven Messenger's health deteriorates during the course of the novel, as it states that he 'had a bad chest, and was getting worse.' Also, after running away when Charlie spotted him in...