Joan Makes History- Kate Grenville Essay
Furthermore, the floor plan of the home allows for the politics (or lack of) within the home to be both overtly and covertly demonstrated, just as Williams claims use of communication leads to displays of public and private aspects of culture. Craik highlights, "The construction of regional identity has involved specifically the relationship between the house and its occupants", which corresponds with the relationship of culture and society. The relationship is ever changing as social identity is ever changing, dependent upon the consumption of the variables of material culture.
It is ironic when Joan doesn't make her desired' history, but through this Grenville shows that history is continuously made, great or small, and it all impacts on our personal and larger public and historical cultures. "I, cool Joan, woman of destiny, was reduced like all the women I had laughed at to a bulging mother-to-be in washed-out cotton flowers." (220) In an interesting social comment in lieu of the theme of feminism, Joan finally learns to find comfort in "the parameters of