How would you feel if your mother had to clean other people’s houses to make a living? How far would you really go for a friend, would you sacrifice a love life, your education? Out of all the books I have read, I absolutely love Tim Winton’s short stories, 2 short stories that I loved are “On Her knees” and “Big World”. I have particularly enjoyed “On her knees” not only because of its intriguing name but because it depicts the issue of dignity throughout the whole story and it taught me that “there is more honor in scrubbing other people’s floors than in having strangers scrub your own”, the second story “Big World” depicts the issue of friendship which also teaches me that “Friendship can evolve through the smallest of incidents” Now to the short story “Big World” which is about an emotional journey for a young man and his friend Biggie, who have recently failed their exams. As life becomes monotonous by working in a abattoir, they decide to escapee and go as far away as they can from the town they had lived in, Angelus, so they buy an old VW which later breaks down and as the realization seeps in on how stupid the idea was, they decide to go separate ways. Friendship is one of the main themes in this short story; it expresses the idea of two friends who make sacrifices for each other so their friendship will be able to continue on. This can be seen in several times in the story; one is where the persona sacrifices his love for Briony9 Nevis, quote: “out of loyalty” and when the persona does Biggie’s homework “…his whole academic success was his essay on the demise of Led Zeppelin, but then I wrote that for him…” A technique that shows friendship is first person, making it seem as a personal experience, this point of view also enables the author to manipulate the reader’s feelings and judgments. This method also helps in creating an atmosphere where the reader feels as if he or she is one with the narrator which gets the story to be...
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