IN the novel, "A Bridge to Wiseman's COve" by James Moloney, the author cleverly uses symbolism to help us connect with the main character. Discuss how the author has used the osprey in this sense.

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'A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove' by James Moloney, is about a fat, 15 year old boy, called Carl Matt who has been left by his mother and then sent to his aunt. Along the way he makes new friends, a new 'family' and finding the true Carl. You find that he has very simular feelings and past, and James Moloney has made the novel very carefully to show Carls feelings in another way.

Carl Matt was hurt by many people, Kerry his mother, Beryl, his aunt, his older sister, Sarah, And many more. The osprey was also hurt by many people. Carl Matt was hurt by his mother Kerry. Kerry took little 'holidays'. These little 'holidays' are where Kerry would go away for three to four weeks. She would always come back, but one day she never came back. He started to think she never came back because she didn't love him and that made him shy and sad all the time.

Another character in the novel is the osprey which is also hurt. "Damaged wing, shot gun it looks like" (page 62) Carl was also hurt by his older sister, Sarah. Once Kerry had gone, Sarah was left to look after Carl and his little brother Harley. After a while she starts to act like Kerry. 'Sarah was acting like Kerry… when Sarah spoke to her friends, she would wrap her self in (the phone cord) it as though it was a warm blanket. His mother had done that.' (Page 9) Sarah then decides to go over seas. "I'm only nineteen. Only nineteen" (Page 11) Carl and the osprey were both hurt. There are many more things that they have in common.

Carl and the osprey also recovered together. They get to know the world and...