Concepts Of Facing Reality Through The Texts 'the Riders' By Tim Winton, 'retrun To Bali' And Film 'snow Falling On Cedars'

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Reality is something that everybody has to face and deal with. Facing reality can sometimes have a significant effect on themselves as well as those closest to them. This idea is shown throughout the novel, "The Riders", by Tim Winton, the 60 minutes episode, "Return to Bali", and the film "Snow Falling on Cedars". The realities that the characters in these texts were confronted were presented in the ideas of facing reality is a physical or mental journey, that pain and suffering might be endured and that there will be a change in their life. The novel "The Rider's shows that when confronted with reality, you will face it through a physical or mental journey. Scully took both a mental and physical journey. Moving from one place to another all around Europe searching for his wife, Jennifer. "She'll be in Greece". This is what Scully had thought, though he was soon to find out that he was wrong and that he didn't know his own wife as well as he once thought. The mental journey is shown along the way. How his state of mind changes as each part of the novel is changed. This shows the mental journey in progress. At the end of the novel he ends up with a much better state of mind then what he had when he was in Paris and the other countries around Europe. A circular storyline shows the physical journey and the third person view shows the mental journey, by having different perspective the reader was able to interpret how Scully was truly feeling. "Return to Bali" shows the physical journey, how they had to travel from their homes in Australia to Bali where they were recently bombed. This physical journey was short compared to the journey, which Scully embarked upon. Though this physical still holds extreme significance to the Bali survivors. As it is because of them able to travel back to the site of the bombing were they able to conquer their fears "They're here to face their fears". As Dale Atkins said that he is now able to return to Bali whenever he wants without fear of being bombed. Footage of the survivors on the plane nervous shows that facing reality through a physical journey isn't easy. After confronting his reality that Jennifer has left him, there was a significant life changing experience. Scully begun learning to live his life without his beloved Jennifer, which he never thought he had to do. He had to learn to live in a whole different country, with new and different people who are very much foreign to him. By living his new life, this shows that he has finally faced reality that Jennifer has left him and that the majority of his hopes and dreams will never come true. When Jennifer told him she was pregnant was most probable a lie. That he may or may not ever see Jennifer ever again. His new life with Billie isn't what Scully had hoped for, but he realises that it's all he needs and that Jennifer is a trophy, which he will not cherish any more. The idea that Scully has given up his dreams of being with...

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