Analysis Of The Dare

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How does the author use the interaction between the protagonists and the other characters to explore the central characters journey and what they gain and lose by the end of their story? “Real friends never let go” this was undoubtedly the situation for Brynna Chase, not even her dead best friend Erica Shaw wanted to let her go. After moving to a whole new town Brynna and her family thought that she might be able to move on from that fateful night and that stupid dare which caused her best friend to become lost at sea. But when Brynna receives a tweet from Erica’s old account she is sure that Erica wants revenge, or does she? Hannah Jayne’s The Dare follows Brynna’s journey after losing her best friend. She’s influenced along the way by many…show more content…
The main positive influences were her new friends; especially Evan and Teddy. Evan takes the position of Brynna 's best friend when she moves to Hawthorne High and the two quickly gain trust in one another. Evan choses Brynna to be the first person to ‘come out’ to and in return Brynna tells Evan about Erica and the night she died. However not being completely honest and leaving out the fact that it had been her dare she thought that had gotten her best friend killed. Evans trust in Brynna is tested when ‘Erica’ was listening and decided to hurt Evan and frame Brynna. ‘Who else, Brynna? I told you, just you.’ Evan stared at her, his whole face contorted in pain, surprise and biting anger. The author’s descriptive emotions cause the reader to feel very empathetic to both Evan and Brynna as they know that ‘Erica’ did it and not Brynna but Evan can’t and would never believe her and still got hurt in ‘Erica’s’ twisted games with. Evan did eventually come back to Brynna though, worried about her disappearance and with the help of her other friends kept her alive. Teddy was also a major part of her happiness in this story as he was a ‘romantic interest’ of sorts. Although Brynna switches between wanting to be with him and being too afraid to let someone get too close to her in case ‘Erica’ hurts them. Teddy confuses Brynna’s fear for a disinterest in…show more content…
Evan, Teddy and her other new friends allowed her to experience what it’s like to have close friends that really love and care for her again as she had felt isolated after Erica’s death and turned to drugs and alcohol because of it. They also tested her trust as she didn’t want them to know about Erica’s torment yet she didn’t want to lose them and at one point she does because of Erica beginning to harm them and framing Brynna. But as true friends they came back and evidentially saved her life as although they weren’t the happiest of friends they still cared for her enough to discover her past. Christopher gave a twist to her journey of accepting Erica’s death. He caused her to not feel safe in her own town but because he disguised himself he could make Brynna feel safe and comfortable like she could tell him anything, trusting. Jayne’s use of flashbacks in the book allowed the reader to discover how much Brynna had evolved from her past and how the interactions of people in her past could connect to those she was surrounded by today. Jayne also used similar names for Erica and Evan to symbolise that Evan was Brynna’s new Erica and that she could move on from that horrible night. The use of water also connected past to present as the thing she once loved more than anything was the cause of her best friend’s death and could be the cause of her death. In conclusion I believe Brynna grew as a person throughout her story. Realising
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