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Discuss the way in which 'Neighbours' by Tim Winton and 'Stolen Car' by Archie Weller reflects the specific values and attitudes of a culture in which is produced.

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No text is culturally or socially neutral. Discuss the way in which 'Neighbours' by Tim Winton and 'Stolen Car' by Archie Weller reflects the specific values and attitudes of a culture in which is produced. Throughout all novels, whether long or short, fiction or non-fiction, there must be a series of themes which convey specific values and attitudes. The values and attitudes chosen are to reflect an era in which they have been produced. Tim Winton's 'Neighbours', and Archie Weller's 'Stolen Car' both mirror the significance and point of view of Australian's at the time of production. They both contain strong messages of life, culture and a sense of belonging. Within the two texts there is evidence of style, characterisation, settings and themes to express the values and attitudes of the people. Characterisation in 'Stolen Car' and 'Neighbours' both depict localisation of beliefs and attitudes through either dialogue or actions. 'Neighbours' uses characters to strongly express with actions, neutrality, whether with positives or negatives to equally influence the reader. The young couple are the first to be introduced into the story, when they move into their new street. The characters in 'Neighbours' are more of a mystery compared to the characters in 'Stolen Car'. The reader is only given an insight into the characters profile from the authorial background. ...read more.


The second character to be introduced into the story 'Stolen Car' is Benny Wallah (wallaby). He has a dark face (minus a tooth), has a nasal voice and disrespects whites. 'Them white bastards too good for us'. While on the way into the city with Johnny, wallaby brags about his women and the many breaks he has done although he is only a face, an act that he puts on, 'I was watchin' ya from behind a tree. Then demons flashed their torches at me, but they never seen me, look. I 'ad one big piece of pipe there. I'd 'ave given it to them monyach bastards too' he growled.'. Wallaby uses and speaks about and to his women as though they were merely possession, toys for him to play with, to thrash against a wall and to throw away when he was finished. 'see if me women's there' 'plenty of women 'ere for ya' ' You shut up you stupid bitch.'. The police in the story stolen Car are represented as the authority figures in the fiction text. They hold power with in the Aboriginal society. They create unneeded havoc and are merely a 'pack of hungry dogs', predators to the Aboriginals. They are big, cold eyed and stride the streets looking for trouble. ...read more.


The first setting that is relevant to the specific values and attitudes is the expensive outer suburbs. The scene is very quickly dealt with and only is an insight to the lives of young couple, in comparison to where they are living now. The setting shows the reader the way in which the couple lived and the changes that they must make to adapt to their new surroundings. '...expensive outer suburbs where good neighbours were seldom never seen never heard'. The fence plays an important scene for the neighbours of the couple. Here the young newly-weds learn to become accustomed to their new lifestyle of 'in-your face' from their neighbours. This setting lays the foundations which the plays an important role where the neighbours exchange values and attitudes that they display as life skills. Stolen Car and Neighbours both posses strong beliefs in values and attitudes towards characters, settings and themes. The two authors Archie Weller (Stolen Car) and Tim Winton (neighbours) are from two very different backgrounds but share a common link of expressing the importance and opinions of characters. This has been through dialogue and action in communicating to the reader of specific values and attitudes in which the culture of the text was produced in. English Naomi Fuller Culture differences.doc 1/5 2/05/2007 ...read more.

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