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The extract taken from the Australian novel, 'The Battlers' is the opening of the novel written by Kylie Tennant, an Austrlian author.

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The extract taken from the Australian novel, 'The Battlers' is the opening of the novel written by Kylie Tennant, an Austrlian author. Throughout this extract the Australian scenery and outback is skillyfully expressed by the author during the early nineties. A character in the story, known as 'Snow' is described as he decides on which path he should take for his journey back home. The extract is told from the third person. This allows the reader to visualize the actions of the protagonist and by doing so have a better understanding of the events taking place. The title of the extract is somewhat effective in portraying the hardships that take place during the 1940's where life was not so simple and was full of adversity resulting in men to travel for long distances in order to find jobs to support there families. 'The Battlers,' depict that to survive such severe lifestyles u needed to be a 'battler,' a person who works hard for little results. The first paragraph depicts many things such as the setting, the protagonist and his way of life. 'If Snow had taken the road through Belburra, instead of the track through Currawong, his whole life would have run a different course,' this grows interest in the reader who wants to keep on reading to find out what was the changing factors in his life. ...read more.


These various lines allow the reader to visualize the setting of the event of an isolated Australian outback where these sceneries are a common aspect . The only character and the protagonist of this extract is 'Snow,' a man who is described in forms of his physique. 'Snow was a big man, six foot one, and every inch of him was meat-hungry.' The fact that he did not seem to be a man who is cherished by his family and a man that carries strong moral beliefs is depicted throughout the extract. Him not being very dear to his family is portrayed in the opening paragraph where his arrival to his home is not quite theatmosphere that would be expected by children who would eagerly wait for their fathers arrival . His sudden arrival would cause 'one of sons to stroll inside and announce: 'Hey, Mum, Dad's here.'And his wife would remark grimly: 'Hello! So you're back, are you ?'and Snow would say : 'Yeah, im back.' It is as if Snows arrival was an ongoing thing and that the family was use to this and did not take much interest to when he arrived. This line also expresses his time spent away from home as it also does in paragraph two, 'He was of that singular breed who travel alone for preference.' ...read more.


The personification,'The boughs would leap and whine as though some small animal were caught in their crotch, straining and lashing until the very trunks groaned again,'here the author portrays the boughs as having human forms as to 'leap' and 'whine.'The ferocity of the wind caused the boughs to move about like animals that would move if any danger was to come near their crotch. Moving onto the next paragraph , ' Snow cared little for the wind, as it hushed his fire sideways like a mother soothing a rowdy child in its cot,' here the writer depicts the how the wind has caused the fire to sway or move from side to side in comparison to how a mother would rock the cot of a rowdy child. The structure of this extract is eight paragraphs mainly comprising of the same size, however they are quite short paragraphs. The short length of the paragraphs allows the reader to grasp the sequence of events that are taking place. This extract taken from the novel,The battlers is a great opening for this novel in which the protagonist of the novel, the setting of the novel and the lifestyle of those who lived during the 1940's is portrayed with the skillfully designed literary techniques which vividly allow the reader to visualize the events that are taking place. English Commentary Eda Karaman ...read more.

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