The setting through the natural setting of “the beach” Harry, Vic, Gwen and Jim are all positioned together. This setting acts as a contrast to the beginning of the play, where the characters are staged indoors. By the end, the storm has brought the families physically and spiritually together – a sense of acceptance and new understandings have been revealed, through the symbolic setting of the natural landscape, and light and dark imagery. Jim states that they found their way back to the camping area “by chance” after staying in a motel that “wasn’t our sort of place”.
This suggests that Gwen and Jim still desire to move upward class-wise, however the togetherness they have stumbled upon happened unexpected, and actually was triggered by Meg’s desire to “take a chance for once and see what was here”. (contrast in attitude between the parents and Meg). In the related text “Crossing the Red Sea” (Biblical Allusion) by Peter Skrzynecki.
We can see how Emotional Trauma can be presented as the Immigrants leave their homeland from a disaster war, onto a discovery on finding a new safe land. “To watch a sunset they will never see again”. This emotive language Imagery can be very traumatic for the Immigrants, leaving their home with emotional response in the audience, either positive or negative, but in this case we see negative feedback from the traumatised immigrants.
This creates distinct images the way distinctively optic aspects transmit value. Characterisation of Jim as progressive, someone who desires change despite the plans of his wife, Gwen. Symbolism of the stage directions: “Jim folds up the list, looks at it and tears it into pieces”.
Suggests that Jim does not have the same perspectives as the campers, who reflect the old ways of Australia. In the context of the 1960’s. Jim takes a very controversial path as his age would suggest he would want life to remain as it is. However, the symbolic tearing up of the “grievances” suggests that he desires change, and wants to speculate about the possibilities that could be in store for him, the future discoveries he could make about himself and the world around him. Symbolism and simile.
Rick to Coral: “I feel like I’m asleep all the time…Like in a dream”. This represents the state that many characters are in, including Coral. It suggests that there is a sense of unreality – that some characters are unable to face reality, as they know it will involve challenges, hardship and suffering. Rick exists in the play to represent Coral’s son, this Is Coral’s attraction to Rick. The memory of Corals son lives on through Rick, but this is also a negative thing for Coral – his memory consumes her, so much so that it jeopardises her relationship with her own husband, Roy. When the stage directions tell us that Rick and Coral symbolically “disappear into the dark”, it adds a fantastically, dream-like element to show us that Coral is confused about who Rick is as she thinks it is her son. When Roy send Rick away, Coral takes on a hysterical tone: “you sent him away!” This reflects her fragile state.
In the related text “Crossing the Red Sea” by Peter Skrzynecki, explores the hardship suffering as what the immigrants are experiencing, “Blood rimmed horizon”, this metaphor/imagery, is showing us how the immigrants are discovering such disaster of the symbolic red meaning “blood”, this has caused lots of trauma. Furthermore experiencing shocking disasters to the immigrants. Additionally the metaphor “voices left the caves, and silence fell from its shackles”. This metaphor is used by Skrzynecki to show us that there may be hope for the immigrants, and peace, from this destructive disaster.