The Road To Winter Character Analysis Essay

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Mark Smith's novel 'The Road to Winter' explores the behaviours of characters after their experiences of loss, and their ability to persevere whilst trying to continue to act to their own ethical principles. The protagonist of the novel, Finn, is one of the many who have lost their family and way of life to the deadly disease that has ravaged the world, yet has managed to survive without much external help and relative isolation. Whilst he has managed to keep his benevolent nature, others have not been as lucky and have grown bitter throughout their trauma, weakening their morality and beliefs. Finn no longer has a family to care or provide for him, but despite his struggle for sufficient resources he still assists Rose when she's being hunted by Ramage and his men. This decision to help Rose…show more content…
He is quite cruel, and thinks for his own benefit, describing "sileys" as "property" with "no rights", only good for field work, having children and perhaps trade if the Wilders find the valley where he and the other survivors are staying. He "lost [his] humanity when [his] wife and kids died", and puts his own safety and wellbeing as a priority over other's. This causes him to often be at odds with Harry, another survivor in the valley, who maintains his faith and believes that everyone is God's child and therefore they've "got an obligation to treat them kindly". Though Harry lost one of his children, Tusker believes that he has a warped view since he still has his wife and daughter, and therefore has not had to suffer the passing of his family so harshly. Tusker assumes that the child asylum seekers should not have come to Australia if they were not prepared to work, even though those like Rose and Kas didn't have a choice in the matter, and does not show any empathy for
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