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"Don't be a twit Clive". "Minimum of Two" presents a bleak view of human relationships. Discuss in relation to three stories.

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"Don't be a twit Clive". "Minimum of Two" presents a bleak view of human relationships. Discuss in relation to three stories. "Minimum of Two" demonstrates a bleak view of human relationships, however there are a few hopeful ones. The boy and the boy's friend show negative and pessimistic relationships. Jerra and Rachel show a plain relationship at first, however it turns more optimistic during the end. The girl and the mother have a negative damaging relationship, which does not change. All these characters demonstrate a desolate view of relationships at some stage in the novel. The boy and the boy's friend show a plain, windswept relationship. The boy's friend and his girlfriend travel up the coast together to his mother's holiday house. ...read more.

Middle

They argue a great deal and are quite distant. Jerra has a difficult lack of family support, yet he tries to keep everything together, "too many things had gone against them", "Forest Winter". Their relationship was very quiet and there was not a lot of communication, so Jerra decided to have a baby in order to bring them closer together. After the baby Rachel became silent, "having the baby had muted her", 'Forest Winter'. Rachel also felt sad and pessimistic after she had been raped, however she finds the courage to overcome this in "The strong one". At the end of the novel when Rachel has the baby, they become very close and Jerra does not want to lose Rachel or Sam. ...read more.

Conclusion

When she got there she realised what her mother was saying, that all a person needs is a bit of land. Her mother never had a bit of 'land' but the ocean that she was drowning in. The girl frees herself and decides she can no longer help her mother. The mother and daughter never had much hope that their relationship could work. "Minimum of Two" shows that there are many ordinary and distant relationships, however it also shows the optimistic and hopeful ones. Rachel and Jerra show a mundane relationship, however it becomes more optimistic for the future in the end. The boy and the boy's friend show a very ordinary windswept, relationship. The mother and daughter are quite distant from each other and do not change. We can see that there is a great deal of bleak relationships, however some stay strong and look forward with desire and confidence. ...read more.

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