The Narrow Road To The Deep North And The Railway Man Essay

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Through the texts, Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Jonathan Teplitzky’s movie adaption of the bestselling book, by the same name, The Railway Man, both main characters explore the ideology of memory and how their strong prevalence of the past shapes themselves of the future. Because of events that shaped both Dorrigo Evans and Eric Lomax, the two characters often find themselves reminiscing on their past, which shows profound control of their present selves. Through the images of the parallel storylines, composition and literary techniques, the knowledge and understanding of grief and pain and the resolution of memory, the audience are shown indications of the prevalence of memory and the effects it can have on the…show more content…
Eric often recalls this memory, and the events leading up to his torture, is the major symbol that his mind often reverts to in times of difficulty and hardship. Through his violent flashbacks, which often overthrow his emotions, we can see how his memory and past self strongly influence him, friends and how his relationships can be subjected to emotional torture. In The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Dorrigo Evans also completes with the abiding sense of memory, and how his memory of the war infiltrates his everyday life. Contrasting with the memory of Eric, Dorrigo’s memory that haunts him was an act of torture and murder, which happened to someone close to Dorrigo. At the climax of the novels brutality, Darky Gardiner, Dorrigo’s unknown nephew, was beaten, then left to die, as he slowly drowned in sewerage trench. “Darky Gardiner opened his eyes and blinked. Raindrops fell on his face. He pushed his hands into the mud but they kept sinking. He was swimming in shit. He tried to get back to his feet. It was impossible…He tried to curl up to protect himself. It did no good and he only sank back into the foul hole…Nothing held and he was sinking. He heard the sea. No, he said, or thought he said. No, not the sea. No! No!” (Flanagan, Richard) As bystanders watched Darky’s beating, with leading him to his inevitable fate, many memories and opinions surrounded Darky’s torture affected people in various ways. Everyone had a view on how he
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