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Playing Beatie Bow: Introduction
Playing Beatie Bow: Plot Summary
Playing Beatie Bow: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Playing Beatie Bow: Themes
Playing Beatie Bow: Quotes
Playing Beatie Bow: Characters
Playing Beatie Bow: Symbols
Playing Beatie Bow: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Ruth Park
Historical Context of Playing Beatie Bow
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- Full Title: Playing Beatie Bow
- When Written: Late 1970s
- Where Written: Sydney, Australia
- When Published: 1980
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Fiction; historical fiction; coming-of-age tale
- Setting: The Rocks District, Sydney, Australia
- Climax: Abigail Kirk finally understands that the reason for her journey to the past has been to help ensure that the psychic “Gift” is passed on.
- Antagonist: Beatie Bow
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for Playing Beatie Bow
Bow on the Big Screen. In 1986, Playing Beatie Bow had become so popular as a defining Australian novel that it was adapted as a film. Despite the filmmakers’ ambitious investments in recreating Sydney’s Rocks district as a fully-fleshed set constructed on an abandoned industrial site, it performed rather poorly at the box office—even so, both the novel and the film remain seminal Australian works.