Tim Winton and Zohra Saed values
Similar issues, explored in different texts, reflect the values inherent in each composer’s context. Compare and contrast how Winton and Saed explore similar values. Make detailed reference to your texts.
An authors values and ideas originate and stem from their personal, historical and cultural context. By comparing the two authors Tim Winton (from an Australian context) and Zohra Saed (Afghani/New York context) we are able to see how similar values are shaped through identity/contex. Winton uses various literary techniques to embed personalised values into his texts such as place, family, and identity in “Big World”, 2005 and “The Turning”, 2005. Zohra Saed has implanted her values of culture, family, memory and identity into “What the
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Similarly, Winton’s short story, Reunion, follows a journey in discovering the importance of family, ‘generational intimacy’, and the healing nature of sharing with fellow sufferers. After annual reconciling process of Christmas Day Spirit comes to a turning point though Laconic Australian humour and sensory impressionistic description in the dialogue: “we’ll try that hut thing, she said. It’s a cabana, Mum”. This technique lets down the anti-authoritarian defence, the ‘strong’ archetype and “inpenetrable” characteristics of Carol. The emotional distance between the mother, Carol, and daughter in law, Gail, is then shortened significantly through the celebrating use of alcohol, which loosens these reserves further. Carol’s gradual loss of genteel manners is another indication of her letting go, and her confession, “This is the most fun I’ve ever had at Christmas. I’m serious”, is due to the letting down of this defensive wall Carol held up, and the sharing of memories such as, “It’s a bit arse-about, don’t you think? We weren’t allowed to say Merry Christmas because it condoned drunkenness. It was Happy Christmas or doghouse.”
Personal freedom is a principal value represented within Saed’s poem Nomad’s Market: Flushing Queens. The freedom of Saed’s life in the poem is greatly juxtaposed to the circumstances and experiences her and her extended family have encountered living in an Afghani diaspora under the Taliban.