Cloud Street Essay

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Cloudstreet, by Winton, is a saga following the life paths of two struggling families sharing accommodation in a gloomy house but living separate lives. Sagas are not, however, confined to family life; Cloudstreet is also a historical novel in its detailed evocation of Western Australian society through two turbulent decades after World War II. Notwithstanding, Cloudstreet has epic qualities which dislocates it from the particularities of time and setting. Responders are able to sense Winton's desire to confront them with values intrinsic to human life such as love through discord and differences. The fundamental question is not, however the correct reception of the text rather the values the responders bring to the text to shape its meaning.Already early in the saga, it is apparent that the Cloud Street house represents the Australian continent. This idea is crystallised on the arrival of the Pickles family, where Winton employs the language of colonial exploration: "The Pickleses moved around in the night, stunned and shuffling... They have no money and this great continent of a house doesn't belong to them. They're lost". These images are reminiscent of the Australian continent with its vast interiors, its barrens and its seemingly unforgiving character. Further, this representation is manifested when the Pickles's tenants, the Lambs, arrives. When Lester Lamb recalls the Margaret River, Winton personifies that the house "moaned". This creates an explicit link between the alienated land and its indigene with the haunting of the Cloud Street house. Oriel also comments: "Strangeness is ordinary... there's been queerness all our life". This "strangeness" and "queerness' is a consequence of colonial usurpation of Australia which prevents the full sense of belonging for the 'whitefellas'.Though, equally valid, there are many other symbols other than the house that reinforce a different perception; such a symbol is the river. The river is a symbol for bonding differences between people as much of the novel's important action - the scenes where the characters themselves understand something momentous is happening, or some new and deep connection between them is being realised - takes place on the river or its banks. Its on the river that Rose and Quick first really see one another. Its on the river that Quick and Fish make the journey that bonds them together forever and it's where important truth are spoken. Oriel and Quick go prawning and speak together as adults for the first time.In spite of this, Cloudstreet has a clear postwar context throughout, which gives it a postcolonial historical overtone. This context is evident through the confusion about the role and meaning of Nation as home in the period of rebuilding colonial stabilities after WWII. This is especially demonstrated through Oriel. In "Country" (Section VII), Oriel confesses about her "loss of bearings" since Fish's near-drowning experience, and his subsequent non-acknowledgement of...

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