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The theme of spirituality is also presented in Tim Winton's novel Cloudstreet as a greater force beyond the mere physical.'

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Texts are used as vehicle to illustrate the idea of composers? How does Cloudstreet represent the composer's ideas? All texts, regardless of form or composer, inherently present different ideas in their composition. 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 novel, Cloudstreet, in which values and attitudes of Australian life are presented through the powerful, moving and epic tale of two separate dysfunctional families sharing a house, and the hardships of life they are put through. Author, Tim Winton, effectively illustrates his values and beliefs in this novel through the use of themes such as spirituality, unity/identity and family/relationships. Elements of Cloudstreet have been derived from Winton's personal life, experiences and beliefs such as his sense of family, Australian upbringing and in particular his comprehension of the spiritual realm. In doing this, Winton utilises an array of literary techniques to portray the key ideas within his novel. The theme of family/relationships is a pivotal theme throughout the novel, as it is the relationships that enter the house and those that are formed and developed inside it that consequently shape the novel. Winton portrays the values and attitudes of Australian society through the characterisation of the two 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. ...read more.

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This ultimately leads to a sense of dramatic irony as Rose does not inform Tony of her feelings. This invokes the sense that unity is not achieved through ?casual flings', but is rather worked towards over an extended period of time. Winton successfully creates unity at the end of the novel, with the two families coming together. ?Oriel and Dolly, Red and Elaine, and even Chub is up off his arse and dancing?. This is also emphasised through the presence of aboriginal spirituality, which was watching over the two families, has now come and gone. The symbolism of the water highlights its significance in bringing the two families together. The repetition of, ?the water, the water, the water? emphasises the catalystic nature of the water and the fundamental role it has played in the novel, especially in bringing the two families together at the end. The theme of spirituality is also presented in Tim Winton's novel Cloudstreet as a greater force ?beyond the mere physical.' Elements of Cloudstreet have been derived from Winton's personal life, in particular his comprehension of the spiritual realm. The characters of Cloudstreet are thus exposed to a supernatural dimension and their spiritual journeys bring them to 'find meaning in the chaos of existence.' Winton employs the symbols of the house, the Aboriginal Blackfella and the water to present the landscape from which his characters, particularly the Lambs, are totally affected and consequently are brought to apprehend god and find their personal understanding and peace. ...read more.

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This personification emphasises 'It's dynamic nature' and greater dimension of complex spirituality. Conflict inhabits the house until the point of Oriel Lamb's rejection. She ?moves her things out to the white tent beneath the mulberry tree at Cloudstreet?. The Blackfella is another element linked to the Landscape, which Winton employs to symbolically represent spirituality in Cloudstreet. The Black man personifies the identification Aboriginal people have with the land. His overwhelming presence throughout the events of the novel is explained by Winton who intended for his to represent a figure similar to a guardian angel or saviour. This allusion the Christian ideology, where God is depicted as a protector, is enriched by the historical significance of the angel being black. The Blackfella appears again as a hitchhiker who is carrying bread and wine which ware traditionally Christian symbols of Christ's death. The Blackfella directs Quick all the way back to Cloudstreet, which can be interpreted as his guardian angel guiding him home. Other instances where the Blackfella appears in a biblical manner. Quick sees, ?the figure of a man walking upon water... He was black? . Wintons characters make the spiritual journey to reclaim part of self. By representing the Blackfella as a spiritual element, Winton refers to the aspects of the Aboriginal relationship with the land. The theme of spirituality is embodied throughout cloudstreet through the water and the ever present Aboriginal spirituality. To an extent it can be traced back to Wintons personal life and they way in which he was brought up. ...read more.

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