What is the role of the epiphany in either Helen Garner’s story ‘Postcards from Surfers’?
As one of the most celebrated writers of Australia, Helen Garner has introduced eleven stories related to the complexities of love and life. The stories have been told with resonance and piercing familiarities, woven with the element of surprise, depicting the darkness underneath life. The author did not forget about the possibilities of joy(Garner 2011). Epiphany has played a significant role in the stories and key evidences will be provided for the same in this essay. Epiphany is referred to as the moment in which a person faces realization and re-evaluates reality from a different perspective. Irrespective of their genre, a number of books have been making flaws of character within just one thing, preventing the protagonist in order to get the job done. The key focus of this essay is to identify the role played by epiphany in Helen Garner’s Postcard from Surfers, providing related and important examples from the book.
We are driving north from Coolangatta airport. Beside the road the ocean heaves and heaves into waves that do not break. The swells are dotted with board-riders in black wet-suits, grim as sharks(Garner 2011, 1).
The story begins with these lines opening up the title of the book, Postcard from Surfers, setting up a collection of true short stories. A reader may enjoy a sense of rediscovery, or maybe a younger version of self, with the involvement of several unidentified narrators. In the entire story, the postcard has been identified as emblematic between push or pull relationship for the desire of new longing and experience for home. As a significant example, in the story, after several years, the narrator rummages by a set of old postcards in Melbourne. Majority of the images help in suggesting a wider world, the world of a traveller, a world going beyond home town. She describes damp cottages in Galway, Raj hotels that crumbled in Colombo, glassy lakes of Canada flawed by the awakening a single canoe. However, all she could realize is the symbolic representation of home in Rio. At the very core, there is sadness in a number of these stories, filled up by exquisite longing that has been termed as hiraeth by Welsh. Hiraeth is referred to as homesickness for a home where one will never be able to return.