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Cloudstreet Essay 1 - question 2 info Besides providing an interesting story line, texts may portray attitudes and values connected with many aspects of the society in which they were written or represent. This is the case in the novel, Cloudstreet, in which values and attitudes of Australian life are presented in the story of two families sharing one house. The author, Tim Winton, may have directed these attitudes and values at the Australian society to provide the people involved within, an understanding of themselves and their culture, and also make an attempt at pushing his own interpretation of them. In Cloudstreet, Winton has effectively used the role of the woman and the man to express more modern attitudes and values of Australian life. Lester and Oriel Lamb are prime examples of this. Being the man of the house (or half of the house), it is usually expected that Lester go out and work hard for his money, to come home to a wife who supports him and looks after the house and kids. But this is not the role he plays in Cloudstreet, in fact the complete opposite. Lester is portrayed as a sensitive man who cooks and cleans regularly, helping out with many of the household chores. ...read more.

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Winton therefore uses the exploration of education, and for employment as a vehicle to develop the idea of gender and class. Employment is used as a device by Winton to show the differences in classes, particularly in Cloudstreet as it is focused almost entirely on one class group. Winton uses the Sam Pickle's need for employment to convey the difference classes and their values. Sam Pickles is the working class man; he is defined by his occupation. After injuring himself at work Sam is disempowered and lacks direction. "Dolly saw it was his right hand. His bloody working hand. A man could hardly pick his nose with a thumb and half a pointer." The values of the working class need for employ Essay 6 The novel Cloudstreet, written by Tim Winton, is a powerful, moving and epic tale of two separate dysfunctional families and the hardships of life they are put through. The families, the Lambs and the Pickles, go through different situations however, end up both moving to Subiaco to escape and start over. With number one Cloudstreet being both their residence for the next twenty years, the families learn to communicate with one another and overcome the evident separation of them, thus resulting in a uniting journey. ...read more.

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Essay 10 In Cloudstreet Winton explores the theme of a sense of place using the characters in his novel. This sense of place gives characters comfort, security and identity; and in some cases an escape from their troubles. Characters such as Quick and Oriel find it necessary to leave Cloudstreet in order to find their sense of place. Dolly, however wishes she could relive her life in Geraldton as that gave her an identity and thus a sense of place. Throughout the novel all characters embark on a journey to reveal their sense of place. This journey gives the readers a greater insight into Winton's characters. Winton portrays a sense of place as having a range of different qualities to each character in the novel Cloudstreet. A sense of place can give a character an identity, which alters the way in which other characters perceive and relate to them. Some characters find that their sense of place is an escape and comfit to them. A lot of characters in Cloudstreet search for this sense of place in order to feel comfort and recognition. In the case of Quick Lamb, he tends to find comfit in being outdoors. Quick decides to move out of Cloudstreet and move to the outback where he believes he will have a sense of place. ...read more.

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