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The Myths That Are Central To The Writing Of Elizabeth Jolley's Mr Scobie's Riddle And David Malouf's Remebering Babylon

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The Myths that are Central to the Writing of Elizabeth Jolley's Mr Scobie's Riddle and David Malouf's Remebering Babylon

Cenrtral to both Elizabeth Jolley's "Mr Scobie's Riddle", and David
Malouf's "Rememebering Babylon" is they myth that the landscape can
provide the main chracters of the novels with something extrodinary
that helps them repel against the conventions of society. The
landscape is abe to provide them with an anditote against the ills and
evils of the society to which these chracters are placed. Mr Scobie's
religious temperment and uniqueness in his ability to connect
spiritulally with the landscape provides him with a life-giving source
against the evils of the nursing home. Gemmy Fairley has a similar
ability to connect himself with the enviroment. But Gemmy also
posseses the ability to show and give someone else that same
experience.

Mr. Scobie is clearly someone who is in touch with his surroundings.
He feeds off the landscape that provides him with spiritual
nourishment. Mr. Scobie's constant need to go back to Rosewood East
indicates his desire to go back to where he is truly in touch with
himself and his youth. During his stay at the nursing home Mr. Scboie
is often reminded of his home, he is able to make connections with the
life-giving past that he longs for. The "melancholy horn seemed to
bring to his mind the railway lines" that led to his home. Mr. Scobie
in thinking of his home is able to relase himself from the grasps of
the nursing home. "The sweetness of the smell of the hay was
intoxicating when it was still lying out in the paddocks. Poised on
the edge of his dream…" Not only is Mr. Scobie in touch with the
enviroment of his home or past, but he is also capable of spiritually
connecting with the landscape that he presently comes in touch with.
The way Jolley describes ine of Mr. Scobie's walks almost captures his
soul, and celebrates his uniqueness and insight into the landscape.
His connection with the enviroment is in depth and spiritual, its
almost as if he is rejuvenated, feeling as though he "was walking
inside a halo of blessings." Jolley is able to bring life to her
description by extending sentences beyond their conventional lengths,
adding depth and insight, and also by personifying Mr. Scobie's
surroundings, "green brances…sighing…holding white and blue flower
cups."

Mr. Scobie's relationship with the landscape is emphasised by his
placement in St. Christopher and St. Jude. The life-giving source of
the landscape is in sharp contrast with the nursing home. The way
Jolley describes the activities and the people in the nursing home
captures the clincally monotnous and some what groyesque and
dusturbing enviroment that it is.

The most specific and evident contrast between the connection that Mr.
Scobie has with the...

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