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  “In Cloudstreet, Winton Shows That The Effects Of Grief Are Rarely Short Lived Or Easy To Resolve.” Do You Agree? 

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The presence of sorrow is ________ in Tim Winton’s novel, Cloudstreet. The impact of this anguish proves to be neither manageable or momentary, with various factors ensuring that the characters take a while to overcome or accept their grief. These factors include the complex nature of disputes and the lack of right and wrong. The unwillingness to tolerate or empathise with others, maximising the hatred that inspires misery. The consequence of grief can dislodge someone’s identity and it takes time for them to readjust and find their sense of meaning
A resistance to understanding others causes the residents of Cloudstreet to harbour grudges, drawing out the suffering of both parties. Rose’s ...view middle of the document...

The denial of the ability to triumph over torment attributes to the large period of distress the characters of Cloudstreet endure. Grief is therefore difficult for individuals to surpass and its influence is long-lasting.
The memory of that grief can be irremovable Some grief is impossible to resolve and over time it becomes part of you, moulding to your identity. When Lester advises Quick that “the lost will stay with you”, there is an implication that Lester is still aggrieved by his ANZAC past, though the magnitude of his pain has dulled over time. These “shadows of history at [Lester’s] back” depict how significant remorse is a permanent and irremovable element of an identity. The memory of Gallipoli cannot be eradicated from Lester’s mind, so he lives through the rest of his existence with this lament(?) though numbed with time. Grief is long-term and occasionally, permanent, proving that the grief of the characters in Cloudstreet is not temporary.
The identity of a person can suffer as a result of grief and it can take time for this impact to be overcome and addressed. Dolly Pickles was unhinged by the revelation of her biological mother and for almost the remainder of her life she refuses to accept and reflect on her past,...

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