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  • Submitted by: Jade33
  • on August 9, 2015
  • Category: English
  • Length: 974 words

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Australian Identity Speech
As a person journeys through life, this may enable them to discover who they are and what they believe in. As a result of their interactions involving others their sense of self is either corroborated or challenged. In Tim Winton’s short story ‘Long, Clear View’ Vic Lang establishes himself through not just his relationships with his family but his experiences in the claustrophobic small town. His decision to not to be corrupted by his environment is a lonely struggle and he questions his sense of self. In addition, Les Murray’s poem, ‘Driving Through Sawmill Towns’ reveals the isolation and segregation between those living in a close-knit community and outsiders, which impacts a person’s sense of self and their existence. Furthermore, Les Murray explores the impact on a person’s sense of self and their purpose when losing a loved one that was an integral part of their life through the poem ‘Widower In The Country’.   This process of developing a sense of self is one that is not just Australian but universal.

The short story ‘Long, Clear View’ explores how Vic Lang’s various encounters in the corrupt town and his isolation within the town shapes him. Due to his father’s position as a ‘copper’, Vic is continually exposed to the darker side of life as indicated by the accumulation of ‘stealing, cheating [and] lying’. This exposure deeply impacts who Vic Lang is as he expects the worst of humanity and feels defenceless within his own home as ‘there’s just not enough security, no protection’. This shapes his identity as Vic becomes dependent on the rifle that he believes can keep his family ‘safe’ therefore acts as a comfort object. Vic Lang is the ‘new copper’s kid’ who ‘knows too much’ in this corrupt town so is treated as an outsider as the ‘locals talk across [Vic], rather than to [Vic]’ and their ‘wariness’ is evident so he is ultimately isolated. The metaphor ‘the dripping tap they wish would stop, but straining for it in...

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