The Boy Behind the Curtain

by

Tim Winton

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Tim Winton’s Mother Character Analysis

Winton’s mother is the full-time caregiver to Winton and his three siblings. When Winton’s father comes home from the hospital with barely any physical ability following his traffic accident, the weight of her role becomes even heavier, and young Winton finds himself helping her and sharing her otherwise secret worries. Winton’s mother is outwardly cheerful, even during stressful times.

Tim Winton’s Mother Quotes in The Boy Behind the Curtain

The The Boy Behind the Curtain quotes below are all either spoken by Tim Winton’s Mother or refer to Tim Winton’s Mother. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Barefoot in the Temple of Art Quotes

There were many things I didn’t understand, stuff that made me uneasy, stripes and splashes and globs on pedestals that had me scratching my head. There seemed to be no limit to what people could think of, and that was a giddy feeling. On and on the galleries went. And on and on I trekked, until finally I yielded in dismay, backtracked like a sunburnt Hansel and found my clan hunkered by the entrance, spent and waiting.

Related Characters: Tim Winton (speaker), Tim Winton’s Father, Tim Winton’s Mother
Page Number: 293
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Tim Winton’s Mother Character Timeline in The Boy Behind the Curtain

The timeline below shows where the character Tim Winton’s Mother 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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...arrive, and Winton and his father head home. His father downplays the incident to his mother, but Winton feels rattled and out of control. Later, as an adult, when he attempts... (full context)
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...crashes and the exhaustion of dealing with human mistakes. The fear he sees on his mother’s face helps him understand the dangers of his father’s job. When Winton is five, that... (full context)
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...the oldest child and the only one who truly registers what’s going on as his mother struggles to keep the family afloat. When his father returns home, completely disabled, he’s enraged... (full context)
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...household. He must take on the role of the strong eldest sibling and help his mother with things he doesn’t understand. The house feels dim and stagnant, transformed from what it... (full context)
Twice on Sundays
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At Tim’s mother’s parents’ house, Winton and his immediate family are considered strange for their devout religious habits.... (full context)
In the Shadow of the Hospital
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...his neck, and his eyes are red. Five-year-old Winton is terrified, but he sees his mother and others chatting to his father cheerily and plays along. (full context)
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...that he’ll never come home, or that he’ll come home an unrecognizable stranger again. His mother, seeming to realize his anxiety about the hospital, takes him to see his father after... (full context)