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'Many of the characters in Minimum of two find it difficult to let go of the past and get on with their lives.' Discuss with reference to two characters.

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'Many of the characters in Minimum of two find it difficult to let go of the past and get on with their lives.' Discuss with reference to two characters. Tim Winton's, 'minimum of two' is collection of short stories about interesting individuals and relationships, which process some significant messages. His characters are ordinary people who battle to maintain loyalty against all odds. Many of the characters find it difficult to let go of their past and get on with their lives. There are many characters that stay locked up in the past, however there are a few strong ones. Rachel stays strong throughout the novel, however Jerra and the boy find it difficult to let go of their past. ...read more.

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Jerra becomes depressed and sad because his family is just holding onto the edge. When Rachel had the baby she was quiet for a long time, "having the baby had muted her", 'Forest Winter'. Many things had changed. Jerra finds it difficult letting go of the past and is always telling stories. He wants to re-live some aspects of his life. Rachel is the strong one out of all the characters who tries to let go of the past. She was broken at first and became silent after the first baby was born. She didn't talk to Jerra much, she lived in a mundane life. In the stories, it was never mentioned that they hugged or kissed. ...read more.

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The boy does not want to let go the past, and he is trapped. He can no longer stand the fact that everything around him is changing so he stabs himself. 'Minimum of two' demonstrates how Jerra and the boy find it difficult to let go of the past. Jerra is nostalgic and tells a great deal of stories; he has trouble of letting go of the past so he tries to re-live it. The boy doesn't want to accept that everything around him is changing, he is trapped in the past and does not want to let go. Rachel, however, finds the strength to overcome her past, she slowly began to gain her conscience. Jerra and the boy find it difficult to let go of the past, however Rachel gets on with her life. ...read more.

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