Tension In The Divine Wind

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The Divine Wind illustrates how the pressure created by war can affect a society in different ways. As the threat of war with Japan heightens tensions in Broome, it aggravates the divisions in society, thus creating confusion amongst friends. The multi-cultural mix of Broome provides settings for the scrutiny of the issue of racism and the working out of the plot. The tension of war creates confusion about the relationships with whites and foreigners. Hart, the protagonist or the first-person narrator, becomes confused about his relationship with his friend Mitsy as she is Japanese. Hart and his father, Michael, are affected by the constant barrage of hatred about the Japanese from the whites and the worsening war news. They see Mitsy and Sadako, her mother, as ‘...two lithe killers’, not being able to trust them. Hart grew uncomfortable…show more content…
Michael Penrose, a fair, non-racist character, offers refuge in his home to Mitsy and Sadako as they were treated barbarically by the general public of the town. He later despises Mitsy and Sadako due to the constant mutterings of the war. In a radio announcemet, the presenter alleges that ‘Japan is not interested in peaceful co-existence with Australia’. This misleading information was just one of the many supplied to the whites. Michael continued to offer sanctuary for Mitsy and Sadako which shows great generosity in the act of true friendship during the heightening tension of the war. The falseness of the belief that foreigners can’t be trusted is woven throughout the plot. During the heightening of the war, Hart is bewildered whether Mitsy is actually his friend or not. The tension of the war puts him in a confused state of mind. The whites feared but despised the foreigners due to the mutter of the war. Disher shows that the tension of the war affects a society in the way we view
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