“Show How the Pairing of That Eye, the Sky and Eva Luna Gave You an Understanding of How Authors Tim Winton and Isabelle Allende Can Present Similar Ideas in Different Ways.”

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Tim Winton and Isabel Allende have written stories that are worlds apart, however, the two texts that have been studied, That Eye, The Sky, and Eva Luna explore the themes of imagination and storytelling, trauma within a family, religion and faith and the endurance of suffering, together. The discussion that ensues will highlight the dynamics of these two texts and the compare how the authors differentiate similar ideas with various techniques, such as the protagonists point of view, their expressiveness and description and the authors’ own interpretations, giving rise to a greater depth of understanding on the reader’s part. There are numerous ways in which a person can attempt to make sense of the world around them, and both Winton and Allende use the narrative point of view and the descriptive language spoken by their protagonists to explore how an imagination, stories and questions can be used as coping mechanisms to understand life as best they can. From a young age, Eva dives into her own imagination to escape the harshness of her life; she becomes lost in “never-ending voyages” of a sea landscape captured in a painting in Elvira’s home. Likewise with Ort, he escapes through his imaginative mind when he is experiencing certain times of stress in his life. Winton ends almost every chapter with a comment on the moon, the clouds or that eye, the sky, almost as if Ort was summarising the events of that particular chapter using the sky, something that he feels as a protective force, giving him comfort. While Eva doesn’t question the events of her life, she understands the world and its darkness; she uses her uncanny gift of storytelling to create happier endings for herself and others, like re-creating Rolf’s past to help him overcome the sadness of his family history, giving rise to her sense of optimism in the world. Contrasting with Ort, he attempts to understand the world and how he fits in with it all through asking questions, particularly during the...
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