How Change is Important to Grow
Vic can’t see the reason why his mother still has to work for someone who has wrongfully accused her as a thief. He is very discontent on how her employers exploited Carol’s kindness and thinks she is “worth twice what those silvertails paid her”. He clearly disagrees with her mother in many aspects of her unjustifiable actions.
The turning point of Vic’s realisation is when he got involved on his mother’s work. Vic appreciated her mother’s deeper character; she is “more than what meets the eye”. Tim Winton used imagery at the end of the story to convey change, a new light. Vic can now see her in a new light as he described her as someone whose “very light of day was pouring out through her limbs”, creating a halo-like figure that symbolises this “new light” and the change of perspective. Carol values her “good name”; the only thing she has, and that she loves and values her job not because of money but the bigger achievement you can get from it- a reputation and a job that has moulded her character, thus allowing Vic’s character’s transformation to see his mother in a changed “new light”. Vic can now see that she’s a woman of great dignity, great self-respect, and someone who has great ideals, which are values that distinguished her from the other house cleaner. The story is written in first person, making it seem as a personal experience which further authenticates the text. The point of view enables the author to manipulate the reader’s