The Landscapes Influence on People Essay

522 WordsAug 21, 20083 Pages
The landscape around us influences who we are and who we become. It not only influences us as individuals but also as communities. You only have to look at your own life to see the proof of this. We as students take influences from school and home, we can take the frustrations from school home or vice versa. There are also many other examples in film, television and books. Jindabyne (an Australian film) is one of these examples with many characters and scenes showing just how much the landscape around us can affect how we behave. Claire and Stewart are all such prominent characters but would they have acted differently in another landscape? Claire is a lot like the landscape that she lives in. Jindabyne is a small town up near the snowy mountains surrounded by areas of clear land. A small community with a lot of history but it has lost its heritage. When the original township of Jindabyne was drowned by water that was backed up from the snowy mountains after the building of the dams, Jindabyne simply moved to a higher point near by. For Claire, living in a small community is about being close to the people she calls her neighbours but the fact that Jindabyne is such a small town and that it is removed from the rest of the world shows us who Claire is. Just like the town surrounded by swathes of empty land, Claire feels Lonely, isolated and empty. Though Claire is from another country, she feels as though she should belong in the community, that she should be accepted but in reality it puts her as more of an outcast (again like the town being separated). Claire’s husband Stewart is influenced by the landscape in different ways. Jindabyne to Stewart is where he lives and works. Yet he once lived in the limelight, a racing driver who was famous and loved by all, he is now older and hidden in the shadows, his racing almost forgotten by all but a few. When Stewart,

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