The Boy Behind the Curtain

by

Tim Winton

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Tim Winton’s Eldest Son Character Analysis

Winton’s eldest son appears as both a child and an adult in The Boy Behind the Curtain. He’s the only one of Winton’s children present when the family spends half a year on the grounds of Leap Castle in Ireland, and his need for entertainment leads Winton to explore more of the ancient castle. Winton’s eldest son’s appearance as an adult and new parent, showing Winton his first grandchild, helps Winton to reconsider the idea of the hospital as not only a place of fear but one of joy.
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Tim Winton’s Eldest Son Character Timeline in The Boy Behind the Curtain

The timeline below shows where the character Tim Winton’s Eldest Son appears in The Boy Behind the Curtain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
In the Shadow of the Hospital
Danger, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Community Theme Icon
...someone carrying life in her body. And when she returns to work, he brings their son to the hospital for her to feed him on a break from her shift on... (full context)
Danger, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
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...can’t calm down. Eventually he goes out into a courtyard with his wife, where his son finds him and shows him his new grandchild. Winton accepts the miracle presented by a... (full context)
Letter from a Strong Place
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Winton and his wife and small son have spent the winter in the cottage—it’s spring now, and they’re almost ready to leave.... (full context)
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...of his time exploring the castle and often feeling spooked by it. He and his son wander and play in the gothic wing. But although Winton senses that the atmosphere is... (full context)
Isolation vs. Community Theme Icon
...in the Gate Lodge turned on in the middle of the night; another time, Tim’s son reported hearing voices in the ceiling. And not all the stories about the castle focus... (full context)
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...suitable working space. Winton writes in the mornings, and in the afternoons, he takes his son to watch the construction going on at the castle, sometimes helping rake new gravel into... (full context)