Task 2 Novel: The Divine Wind By Gary Disher
Gary Disher’s novel, The Divine Wind, is set in a typically Australian town called Broome, before and during World War II. The central characters, Hart, Alice and Mitsy help Disher explore and establish themes regarding numerous relationships which occur within society.
Friendship is the first, showing how with age the foundations to which these are made cannot always be strong enough to maintain friendships. The other type of relationships are those relating to love. Next is prejudice which is shown through the relationship of the white Australian citizens and those who are not: Aboriginals and Asians. The book finally shows the theme of loyalty, in particular during World War II.
“We often make friends for the weakest of reasons – proximity for example, or shared experience, or laziness or need…”1 This gives readers an understanding of the beliefs Disher holds regarding the formation of friendships. As well as portraying the theme of changing friendships. The friendship of the characters Mitsy, Alice and Hart are formed at a young age solely through proximity and need. We see this alter when they become adults as Disher shows the changing attitudes of each character. External issues such as race and loyalty to ones country are taken into consideration by each other, especially with the looming war.
Disher makes known that as friendships mature proximity and need are not enough to sustain that friendship. Views expressed by others, by society as a whole or individuals, can affect the way we think about a friend, leading to a changed or destroyed friendship. A reflection of everyday life, can cause a breakdown. Classmates in Junior school once swearing to be ‘together forever’ separate through change in beliefs and values.
“By the time I was fifteen, Ida had virtually stopped talking to my father”2 A reflection made my Hart about his mothers broken relationship