Big World Winton Analysis

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Brief Overview: what is the composer’s purpose?
The purpose of Big World is to present to his responders a relatable and recognisable character and setting and a familiar situation. Winton’s purpose is to allow his readers to reflect on the choices they made after school and how their lives may have been different had they been more active in exploring their hopes and dreams.
Who would the audience be and why?
Winton’s intended audience may be towards 17-18 year olds who are experiencing or are about to experience the inevitable transition between the structure of high school and the sudden unknown future of limitless possibilities. Big World is also suitable for an older audience as they will have, in their youth, experienced common feelings
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‘Big World’ explores many ideas of discovery. Winton explores that the ramifications of particular discoveries may differ for different individuals through the reactions of the anonymous narrator and his ‘best mate’ Biggie’s discovery that they had both flunked their final year 12 exams and missed out on the chance to study at…show more content…
The narrator talks about his many ‘encounters’ with girls, singling out ‘Briony Nevis’ as a particular highlight whom he kissed once at a party and is ‘flat out beautiful with long black hair like some kind of Indian’. There is a definite male domination that is alluded to throughout the story. The introduction of the character Meg again displays poor treatment or women, describing her as ‘thick as a box of hammers’.

The historical context of ‘Big World’, which is set in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s in the fictional Western Australian town, Angelus. Winton also grew up in a small Western Australian town and graduated high school in 1978, around the same time the story was set. The short story makes several references that allude to its historical context, for example the purchase of a second hand 1967 Kombi, a common and desirable ‘surf van’ and also the mention of an essay written by the narrator on behalf of Biggie about the ‘demise of Led Zeppelin’.
How does the text represent ideas about Discovery?
What language techniques including alliteration, repetition, rhetorical, questions, metaphors, similes etc. are used to explore or highlight the

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