Australian Identity

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1. How do we Define Australian Identity? Page 3

2. Summer Lovin’ Page 3
2.1. Sea, Summer and Senses Page 3
2.2. Catch ya CobbaPage 4

3. The Worst Australian of All TimePage 5
3.1. The Makings of a Proper AussiePage 5
3.2. Cheeky Aussie, Lazy Aussie, Angry AussiePage 5

4. In ConclusionPage 6

1. How do we Define Australian Identity?

Australian identity refers to how a country is depicted as a whole whilst encompassing its culture, traditions, language and politics. Australia is the smallest, youngest continent with the lowest population density, which often struggles to define its national identity. As Australia originates from British descent, it lacks originality in culture and heritage. One aspect as portrayed by Tim Winton in his narrative style article Tide of Joy is an Australian identity revolving around summer by the sea with family. Danny Katz emphasises the difference between those considered ‘worthy’ of celebrating Australia Day and those that do not meet the criteria in his editorial Aussie, Aussie, Aussie? No, No, No. These two texts help to define the open-ended question of, ‘How do we define Australian identity?’ However, the texts both represent a narrow range of individuals in Australian society and therefore by reading these two texts alone, it is a rather biased view of the Australian stereotype.

2. Summer Lovin’

Tim Winton’s article Tide of Joy depicts the euphoric period of Australian summer to evoke nostalgic memories and entertain the Australian readers. His text features sensual experiences with emphasis on the effect of seasons on Australian lifestyle the importance of family. Winton captures Australian identity strongly revolving around the summer and the associated activities such as surfing and spending time in the sun – a naïve view of the reality of Australia’s harsh climate.

2.1 Sea, Summer and Senses
The text uses imagery and analogies to bring to life the senses associated with summer. In the first paragraph Winton introduces all the senses, such as “The first whiff of sunscreen,” to introduce smell and “The buffering, throat-filling force of an easterly wind fresh from the desert,” to introduce taste. The use of taste and smell senses immediately brings back nostalgic memories of growing up in Australian summers for the readers. The following lines of “Grapes heavy overhead. The sighing of curtains at night and the feel of sheets on your skin,” introduces the other senses of sight, sound and touch, which finishes the full picture painted by Winton of the image of summer. It incorporates every angle and element of the memory of summer in the first few sentences of the article to introduce the topic of the article. Winton describes the other seasons to be “…merely trials to be endured, time-out in the seasonal waiting room. But summer is the main event.” This figurative language depicts Australian summers to be a spiritual experience, almost an anticipated ritual in which the rest of the year leads up to. The article explores the values of putting the events of Australian summer before all others – describing the phenomenon of “hitting the beach with the rest of the population,” which shows the priorities of Australians in summer. He also seems to personify the weather itself, stating, “…the day holds more promise than threat. People wear less and less. They smile more, growing in body confidence.” The use of this personification shows how dramatically Australians orientate around summer and how their entire attitude, appearance and actions can change.

2.2 Catch ya Cobba
Winton switches between writing in first and second person which encompasses the effect of keeping the article personal with empathetic anecdotes, while still being able to engage with the readers directly by addressing them with ‘you,’ which is therefore effective in persuading the readers to adopt the same opinion of...
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