The Turning and Big World

Could a story challenge our understanding of ourselves and the world around us? Many well-written stories have the ability to do so. The novel “The Turning” by Tim Winton is an example of a text which challenges our idea and understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. One story which stood out in this novel was “Big World.” This story challenges our understanding of ourselves by using a variety of techniques, highly descriptive language and slang. The main ideas the story portrays are friendship, maturity, guilt and self-sacrifice.

In the story “Big World,” the unnamed narrator plans a road trip to escape from his hometown with his best friend Bigge, after both failing their high school exams. Their friendship is shown by their reliance on each other. The narrator uses Biggie to boost his self-esteem, while Biggie uses him to do his schoolwork. Their friendship revolves around the narrator being more superior, which makes the irony that they may call each other best friends, but are really not close at all. Could a story really challenge our understanding of ourselves and the world around us? Many well written stories have the ability to do so. The novel “The Turning” by Tim Winton is an example of a text which challenges our idea and understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. One story which stood out in this novel was “Big World”. This story challenges our understanding of ourselves by using a variety of techniques, highly descriptive language, and slang. The main ideas the story portrays are friendship, maturity, guilt and self-sacrifice.

In the story “Big World,” the unnamed narrator plans a road trip to escape from his hometown with his best friend Bigge, after both failing their high school exams. Their friendship is shown by their reliance on each other. The narrator uses Biggie to boost his self-esteem, while Biggie uses him to do his schoolwork. Their friendship revolves around the narrator being more sup…