The Divine Wind Analysis

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The Divine Wind, written by Gary Disher, describes an Australia in the 1940s just before and during World War II that is discoloured by the War. The novel sets in Broom, a north western small pearling town, a multi-cultural society combined with white Australians, Aborigines, Japanese, and other Asians and Europeans. The novel shows us how the pressure created by war can affect a society in different ways. The story opens in 1946, and then goes back to the events of previous years before and during the war. Towards the end of the 1930’s and the early of the 1940’s, the shadow of the War begins to impact on the quiet town, as people feels that the war is just a step away - fears and stresses begin to accumulate: “That pig iron we’re selling to the Japs – it’s going to come back to us as bullets and bombs. You mark my words.” , the threat of the war heightens tensions and causes the divisions in society, people no longer live in harmony like before. The tension of war creates confusion in relationships.…show more content…
Japanese planes and submarines make the society afraid of foreigners, many people are tense and their ‘...eyes sharpened whenever...they...heard a foreign accent’ , and all Japanese people become the enemy. The white society starts to do many things to protect themselves, which is unfair to the foreigners. The Japanese are imprisoned due to their liability to Australia during the war because some Japanese people could be involved as spies and guide the Japanese army. Many innocent people were forced into small cells. Aborigines are also suspected of helping the invasion of the Japanese which shows that they have never been treated as the same class of human beings by the whites: "Your Abo is unreliable... ” “He'll collaborate. He'll guide the

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