Identity Essay

931 WordsFeb 23, 20124 Pages
The concept of Identity is complex through the exploration of relationships and a sense of belonging. This is explored within Tim Winton’s short stories, ‘ Neighbours’ and ‘Big World’, and in Robert Walker’s poem ‘Okay, Let’s be Honest’. Identity can change and evolve depending on belief, change, language and shifting influences. Tim Winton, the composer of ‘Neighbours’ has a perplexed and distressing tone as he suggests to the reader, the significance of multiculturalism and diversity within Australia. Winton also expresses the different cultures and nationalities, by emphasising the variety of characteristics within each ethnicity. One example of this is ‘The Macedonian family shouted, ranted, screamed’. This tells the reader what sort…show more content…
That I dream of escaping of pissing off north to find some blue sky. Unlike him I’m not really from here.’ This creates a feeling of alienation and the fact the narrator is excluded and does not belong. ‘The longer we drive the more the sky and bush open up.’ This illustrates the journey which the characters are going through, during their formation and discovery of their identities. Tim Winton suggests to the reader, that each characters identity depends on their social status, culture, surroundings and how they are raised. ‘Biggie’s results were even worse than mine… For him, bombing out is a huge joke. In his head he’s always seen himself at the meatworks or the cannery until he inherits the salmon-netting license from his old man. He’s content, he belongs.’ This quote is an example of contrast and expresses the relationship between the characters as it provides perspectives of the narrator. It emphasises the fact Biggie’s identity is based upon his beliefs and lack of self confidence he has with his ability to do reach his highest capabilities. The complexity of identity is shown within this text, as Winton shows us the struggles and hardships which are challenged in our society for teenagers, when discovering who they are, and what they see
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