Time and Tide

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Time and Tide
Time and tide, a feature article by Tim Winton expresses the concept of belonging though his reflection and strong connection with the sea. He tells of his belonging through many techniques such as similes, metaphors, repetition, accumulation, personification, first person persona, descriptive language, juxtaposition, the use of short sentence structure and imagery.

The opening paragraph uses deep emotive language of his past in which “sustains a sense of childlike wonder” keeping the sense of belonging throughout his life. Imagery is one main techniques Winton has focused on as the 'powder white sand and 'new lit ocean spread' create vivid pictures of his past for the reader.

However his tone dramatically changes as this beautiful imagery of what the sea once was is juxtaposed with the stark image of a whale massacre and what it has become. He further emphasises this change when he says 'ya should have been here yesterday'.

As it is written in first person he portrays his feeling creating contrast from the past to his present. The feeling of power that 'buzzed through my spine and also the 'weightless, comfortable and at home feeling' gives a sense of belonging as apposed to his feelings and opinion of how the sea has dramatically changed. 'we treated it with a kind of thoughtless contempt' 'now only memories remain'.

Tim wintons short sentence structure allows him to engage the reader into his feelings of the sea and understand how he feels he belongs and always will. 'But I went back alone now and again, unable to break the habit'.

Olivia Morgan
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