Lost property

Maloney explores the theme of transition in his award winning novel ‘Lost Property. The author focuses on the Journey from boyhood to manhood and the self- discovery that this involves. ” OR 3. “James Maloney novel for young adults, “Lost Property’ tackles not only the question of spiritual faith but also what happens when it is lost. Introductions Write an introductory paragraph based on the questions above. Your introduction must include: General opening sentence Hypothesis (thesis) Scope (three areas you will cover in your three paragraphs Like many Australian families, Josh’s family is a group of individuals held together by fragile relationships. ” Structure: Introduction: Yes, relationships are fragile but not permanently so and they are not Just a group of individuals.

Scope: address positive family representations of Tambling’s past family life and Michaels own family, address current situation with Michaels absence, not multiple issues, being the root of tension and final coming together being the result that Michael and Mr. Tumbling had planned and all had hoped for. Para 1 – address positive family representations of Tambling’s past family life and Michaels own family, Para 2 – address current situation with Michaels absence, not multiple issues, being the root of tension, not multiple issues, dysfunctional behavior.

Para 3- final coming together being the result that Michael and Mr. Tumbling had planned and all had hoped for. Conclusion Family life is documented, questioned and applauded in many Australian stories and James Maloney ‘Lost Property is one such tale. It may be argued that the Tumbling Emily, upon which the novel is based, is a group of individuals held together by fragile relationships. Contrarily however, one may conclude that the family turmoil within the novel is a temporary state.

Following, the positive representations tot Tamil life, Michaels temporary exile and the family ultimate reconciliation will be explored to prove that the relationships within the family make them more than a group of individuals. The Tumbling family has a solid past and has built ideals within the Tumbling children to create healthy family networks. We are provided a picture of a productive family life initially; good schools, house close to Sydney. Josh tells us he has ‘Just about everything I want’ (p 47).

More than the material though, the family invests in the family unit; dinners together at the table, lifts from parents to above- board activities and support at school. Josh and his father share a love of music, share easy banter and have obvious habits of drives together. Josh recalls idyllic beach outings ‘before that bottle of rum'(p 64) when Mrs. Tumbling wanted to ‘stop the sun going down’. Life was good. Michael perpetuates these ideals in his own life with Kelly; care, commitment and love are obvious.

All the time though, we feel a perpetual pull of Michael back to his family of origin. The Tumbling siblings have a strong bond, there is genuine family values, traditions and history so strong that it can be re-created by Michael in his own home-life; all evidence to show that the issues that arise, the arguments that occur are not exemplary of their standard life, but a reaction to the fact that their tight family unit is disunited. Michaels absence its like a seeping wound upon the family psyche.

All the family relationships are put under strain by Michaels behavior and departure – Michael and Mr. Tumbling, Mr. and Mrs. Tumbling, Josh and his father, Josh and his mother in particular. Mr. Tumbling sending Michael away has put a wedge between him and his wife, her need to know of his safety causing great strain. Josh’s unhappiness, his feeling of being lost, having no identity could be paralleled with Michaels absence – Josh begins to feel more connected when he begins his mission to McKay, a quest to turn the prodigal son.

When we consider the events leading to Michaels leaving – the drinking, behavior, his age, one could consider whether Mr. Tumbling made a sacrifice in insisting Michael leave… A calculated decision for the sake of the remainder of the family. He makes another calculated decision when he discovers where Michael is – to not seek him out, to not tell the remainder of the family. One could argue that these calculations were made not due to fragile relationships within the family but because of a deep love and the ultimate hope that the family will be united in good time.

Family crisis is not unusual but working through crisis is a true test of family strength. In Michaels case time was required to heal his wounds, perhaps growth as a person, finding his own identity, falling in love, made it possible for him to understand his father, forgive and accept him. The fragility is a consequence of Michaels absence, the turmoil that preceded his departure and The unending need for the family to be reconciled, from all sides, invites readers to anticipate a family reunion, not a continuation of fragility.

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