Relationships Essay

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Relationships are the way in which two or more people are connected. The relationships that we make in life are very easy to forge; however they are not so easy to maintain. In the relationships of Biggie and the protagonist in ‘Big World’ and that of Max and Raelene in’ The Turning’ both by Tim Winton, we see relationships forged, and then fall apart very rapidly. Between Biggie and the protagonist we see absolute loyalty resulting in the downfall of the relationship. In ‘The Turning’ a once loving and strong relationship becomes one of violence. Through idiom, simile, colloquial language and irony Winton expresses that relationships are easy to forge but not so easy to maintain.

Loyalty is one of the fundamental traits that are present in a successful relationship. Without loyalty doubts of trust and lack of respect begin to come to the fore and relationships begin to crumble. Within the relationship of Biggie and the protagonists, loyalty is the most important factor as to why the relationship began. “But I never touched her again. Out of loyalty.” Winton shows how much the protagonist sacrificed for Biggie. He would often do Biggie’s schoolwork out of loyalty regardless of the consequences of his marks. This show absolute loyalty towards Biggie and that the friendship was forged easy. However absolute loyalty towards a person is not always the absolute criteria for a successful relationship.

Within every relationship some form of loyalty will be present that contributes to the successful relationship. However, absolute loyalty can lead to deterioration in a person’s quality of life and happiness. We see the protagonist in ‘Big World’ be totally loyal to Biggie regardless of the consequences. He blames himself for Biggie’s inability to try at school in the line, “I feel responsible, like my ghost work stopped him from learning. In a way I ruined his chances”. The idiom shows the protagonist all though at no fault his absolute loyalty towards Biggie leads...
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