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Dream Stuff By David Malouf Essay

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Dream Stuff is about the resolution of problems for individuals. Discuss.Dream Stuff, is a collection of stories where problems arise within relationships of family members because of a number of individual differences. Factors such as isolation, cultural clashes, ownership, power and identity all contribute to the problems and struggles of Amy ' s religious family in Closer , and Jordan McGivern ' s search for identity in Blacksoil Country.Amy's family are Pentecostals and she has been brought up to follow religious traditions and beliefs ahead of family values. Amy ' s silence and difficulties in coming to terms of the alienation and ' banishing ' of her Uncle Charles from the family has to do with both her young age and biblical teachings which dominate her thinking and use of language. She doesn ' t quite understand the reasoning for the exclusion of her Uncle and longs for ' a new day coming ' , a hopeful dream that one day she will have a relationship with her Uncle. Grandpa Morpeth cast his own brother out of the family because he believes Charles has betrayed the family and committed ' abominations ' . He has forbidden him to come to the family home, which distresses Amy as she sees him waiting at the fence in the scorching sun feeling ' the burning sweat on him. ' She can feel his suffering pain, the feeling of rejection and his identity being considered invalid. However ' it is Grandma who feels it the most. She likes to touch. ' Grandma is also suffering in this story, as she is more inclined to forgive as she is the mother and nurture of Charles. Yet ' she does not speak ' out of loyalty and respect for her husband. Uncle Charels is gay and lives in Sydney, which is referred to by Grandpa as Sodom. He does not approve or accept his sons homosexuality, which suggests that extreme religious traditions and expectations limits individuals do to as they please and to act and live in reasonable ways. Grandpa Morpeth is drawing parallels between Amy ' s religious learnings and relationships with family members. He has disowned Charles from the family and deprived Amy of the feeling of connection with her Uncle. ' I will stretch out my hand and touch him, just under the left breast and he will be whole. ' Amy is trying to break the barrier and reach out to her Uncle, yet she can only do this through the feeling that comes with dreams which is ' real and if you hold on to it, you can make the rest real. '...

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