Relationships Essay

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Relationships are the way in which two or more people are connected. The relationships that we make in life are very easy to forge; however they are not so easy to maintain. In the relationships of Biggie and the protagonist in ‘Big World’ and that of Max and Raelene in’ The Turning’ both by Tim Winton, we see relationships forged, and then fall apart very rapidly. Between Biggie and the protagonist we see absolute loyalty resulting in the downfall of the relationship. In ‘The Turning’ a once loving and strong relationship becomes one of violence. Through idiom, simile, colloquial language and irony Winton expresses that relationships are easy to forge but not so easy to maintain.

Loyalty is one of the fundamental traits that are
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Loyalty is a trait that helps forge a relationship but can also destroy a relationship.

Within every relationship there is an amount of love. The emotion of strong affection and personal attachment is a trait that without a relationship would exist. Love is present in The Turning between the relationship of Max and Raelene. However this love one that begins out well turns out into one of physical and sexual assault. “He stared at her like a hungry man, like she was food, and it made her feel powerful. All night she had tingles knowing he wanted her” shows how the love was at first sight between Max and Raelene. The use of simile shows Max’s lust for Raelene and depicts him as an animal. This love that forges the relationship is instant and shows how easy this relationship was formed.

Love can also be a negative aspect of a relationship. One-sided love can lead to problems in a relationship and affects someone’s overall happiness in life. The love that Raelene has for Max is one that results in her being oblivious to the massive change in Max’s behaviour. The line, “Raelene imagined that she still loved Max... Whatever kind of bastard he was, he still needed her.” Through the colloquial language use of ‘bastard’ we see Raelene’s belief on what she thinks Max is. However the 3rd person narration expresses her desire for his love. Thus, expressing the one-sided love in the relationship and how Raelene manipulates the situation to make it
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