Cloudstreet is a novel with complex themes that is sophisticated in its construction, as well as its connection to other works of literature. The novel also contains some situations that would not be appropriate to explore with younger students. Studying Winton’s novel within Unit 3 of the Australian Curriculum: English course allows for close reading of the novel as well as exploring important intertextual comparisons relating to style, construction, thematic similarities and contextual connections.
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Some readers might want to emphasise only the (Christian? Marvelous? Sacred? Utopian?) hope of this novel, found in its narrative ending and its miraculous, comic and Romantic moments. They might want to dream, with the novel, of a place of belonging where there are ‘No shadows, no ugliness, no hurtings, no falling down angry’ (p. 530). But the novel draws us back, prompting us to acknowledge also the hauntings and the contradictions which bristle through Cloudstreet‘s marvelous, imagined world.
Since its publication in 1991 Cloudstreet has received a number of literary awards, attracted praise on the page, stage and screen and found an important place in the heart of Australian readers. This is clearly seen by the number of polls in which Cloudstreet continues to rank number one as Australia’s favourite novel.
The students’ task is to write a feature article in which they explain the reasons for Cloudstreet‘s popularity. They may agree or disagree as to whether they feel the novel’s place in the nation’s heart is deserved, but ultimately must provide a reasoned explanation for its appeal.
In Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, one of the most prominent of these devices is symbolism, which plays upon the aesthetic sensibilities harboured by the text's audience and provides insight and deeper understanding to the themes of the novel.
Indeed, Cloudstreet itself, the river and religious symbolism contribute to meaning and the author's endorsement of love, family, determination, and spirituality in the search for completeness....
This is the case in the novel, Cloudstreet, in which values and attitudes of Australian life are presented in the story of two families sharing one house.
The author, Tim Winton, may have directed these attitudes and values at the Australian society to provide the people involved within, an understanding of themselves and their culture, and also make an attempt at pushing his own interpretation of them....
The characterization, together with Winton’s considerable skill at using the characters’ view to evoke a sense of place, are two of the strengths of The Riders.
The character of Fred Scully, the ‘hero’ of The Riders, is one of the most wonderfully written characters to have come out of Winton’s writing so far....
Creating harmony within the two families and symbolically meaning that in the death of one loved one – Fish, we see rebirth, harmony and the chance of a new life in both the child, Cloudstreet and between the two families.
Fish’s time on earth it seems was dictated by his fate to join the two families, culminating the marriage of Quick Lamb and Rose Pickles and the birth of Cloudstreet’s son Wax Harry.
Essentially, this essay has outlined how Winton has focussed on the theme of Spirituality in this novel, to help convey his story in Cloudstreet.
Besides providing an interesting story line, texts may portray attitudes and values connected with many aspects of the .Cloudstreet by Tim Winton quot;A texts setting and structure will normally be used by writers to develop and convey its themes.
Cloudstreet: Religion and Spirituality | A Novel by Tim Winton| “From separate catastrophes, two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great.