Traditional Ideologies Essay

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Traditional Ideologies


'Traditional Ideologies'

The texts that we, the reader, tend to relate to most are the texts that reflect our
values or include certain social issues of the present. Texts such as these are therefore
quite commonly found beside the beds, on the coffee tables and in the bookcases of many
Australians. These texts, in a way act as a barometer for values, and shifts in values in
our society. This can be seen in many instances.

For example, take the feature film 'The Castle'. The typical Australian family, the
Kerrigans, represented in this film was not chosen by accident. No, no they were chosen
because the writers of this film knew that everyday Australians could relate to the
Kerrigans and in some ways see themselves in this simple family. The film endorses many
Australian values and attitudes, to which the everyday Australian can not only relate to
but also understand aswell. The text acts as a medium for the viewer to realise his/her
own values and helps the viewer to recognise the social values that surround him/her.

However, texts do not merely inform the reader of values present in the society. They can
also reflect the current shift in values and attitudes away from the dominant ideologies.
This can be seen heavily in the novel 'Cloudstreet' by Tim Winton. In this text many
characters are seen to have somewhat different roles in the family that one would expect.
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