The Boy Behind the Curtain

by

Tim Winton

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The motorbike rider appears in the essay “Havoc: A Life in Accidents” when he crashes on the road just ahead of the car young Winton rides in with his father. His crash, and his following violent struggle to escape Winton’s father’s care, jolt Winton into recalling the fear he felt when his own father was almost killed in a motorbike accident. He stands as a symbol for the fragility of Tim’s safety—a reminder that danger can upend his life at any moment.
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Motorbike Rider Character Timeline in The Boy Behind the Curtain

The timeline below shows where the character Motorbike Rider appears in The Boy Behind the Curtain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Havoc: A Life in Accidents
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...find a phone and call an ambulance, and then he drives back to the injured rider. His calmness disturbs Tim, for whom the scene is immensely stressful. The rider is convulsing... (full context)
Danger, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
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The rider tries to get up and begins to scream, and as the ambulance approaches, he yells... (full context)