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Cloudstreet by Tim Winton A texts setting and structure will normally be used by writers to develop and convey its themes The novel Cloudstreet by Western Australian born novelist Tim Winton is essentially a story revolving around how two rural families have come to live together at number one Cloudstreet This novels themes are about finding ones place in the world and the search for the meaning of life As in this instance Winton has successfully used setting and structure crucial factors in any prosperous novel to help create a feeling of a real-life type atmosphere and perspective This essay will demonstrate how Winton has used setting and structure to help develop and convey his themes The story follows the lives of the Pickle family and the Lamb family and how they have come to grow develop love and change over a period of twenty years while living with each other Unfortunately both moves coincided with different family disasters For the Lambs the unfortunate event takes place in the form of the near drowning of Samson or as he is better known as Fish While for the Pickles it occurs with the loss of Sams the fathers fingers in a fishing accident The reader can relate these events it to the biblical story of Samson and how he gained his strength through his hair Meaning that by losing some of their strengths like Samsons hair cut both Sams where able to gain new insights and opportunities For Sam Pickles this meant the move into the city from the outback brought him his own home and a steady job at the mint A rather large irony as Sam is a compulsive gambler more often than not short of cash Although for Fish losing his mental faculties and the ability to communicate to others in his near drowning experience gave way for his unimaginable bond with water and his abilities as a visionary As
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