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NB THis Essay is ON Tim Wintons Cloudstreet - a highly regarded Australian novel that is gaining appreciation worldwide What does Winton tell us about the nature of families Through his novel Cloudstreet Tim Winton shares with his readers some of his thoughts about families Through the two families in the novel the Pickles and the Lambs as well as insight into the characters past families Winton reveals his feelings on what a families are and what they are here for turning the tables on conventional thoughts on families Families are a natural grouping and a natural process in life Throughout Cloudstreet Winton reveals his attitudes to exactly what makes up a family unit and the natural nature of family Both families in the novel consist of both parents and several children true to the definition of what a family is More importantly however all parts of the family are still together whether or not they believe themselves to be better off together or apart Stickability is a powerful theme in Cloudstreet and it is even talked about in the novel by other characters referring to the Lamb family By sticking together the families are unknowingly helping both themselves and the other members of their family The family unit is there for help Winton repeatedly stresses this important fact throughout the book When Sam Pickles is in such a hole in his life that he sits in front of a mirror with a razor blade to his throat it is his daughter Rose who comes to the rescue Although the Pickles family could be described as dysfunctional the family members still know when another one is in trouble and whether they love or hate them there is an in-built urge to help them out In the scene on page 357 when Rose realises that there is something of Fish in her mother she finally feels compelled to help her mother
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