Wright's powerful use of imagery in painting the landscapes of Australia and England, contrast in extremes showing Australia as having a more comfortable, slow-paced society, described in '...red blowing dust of roads where the teams go slow.' She compares the Australian life to the English, confined and unvarying, especially demonstrated in the upper classes that have the benefit of 'pheasant shooting'. While these contrasts are based on the landscapes of the two countries, Wrights distinctions allow readers to empathise with the Remittance Man and the dramatic change in lifestyle he experiences. She explores the impinging factor of the environment on the human being. She proposes its influence in reviving positive and negative memories.
The poem sympathises with those whose personalities cannot conform or assimilate into their cultural context, for example the Remittance Man whose 'spendthrift' nature is improper for a man of his status. The need to please and live up to society's expectations is a human condition emphasised throughout Wright's poem.