English Speech About Big World and on Her Knees by Tim Winton

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English Speech:
How would you feel if your mother had to clean other people’s houses to make a living? How far would you really go for a friend, would you sacrifice a love life, your education? Out of all the books I have read, I absolutely love Tim Winton’s short stories, 2 short stories that I loved are “On Her knees” and “Big World”.
I have particularly enjoyed “On her knees” not only because of its intriguing name but because it depicts the issue of dignity throughout the whole story and it taught me that “there is more honor in scrubbing other people’s floors than in having strangers scrub your own”, the second story “Big World” depicts the issue of friendship which also teaches me that “Friendship can evolve through the smallest
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“On her knees” which is about a son’s perception of his mother’s cleaning work that is contrasted with pride and dignity, which is accentuated when she is falsely accused of theft. The short story itself is about dignity, about maintaining dignity and understanding its meaning. What makes this a good read, is that the title itself contradicts the whole idea of dignity, the fact that when someone is on their knees, they are in a degrading state but in this short story Winton has effectively shown that this is not true and that no matter what occupation your mother has you will always be quote: “proud of her good name”.
The narrator Victor Lang loathes to see his mother lower herself and degrade her own dignity just to provide an education for him quote: “...my mother cleaned houses to pay debts and keep us afloat and get me through university...”, this depicts how the mother had a “come-down” from her previous job as a receptionist, as long as her son is well provided for, such a high class occupation to a “domestic benchmark”.

The "veins livid in her legs" represent labor, pain and strain which in contrast to the character of the house owner is regarded as admirable. A further comparison of the narrator's and the owner's shows that while they of low class have a neat clean

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