English Literature and Film

Late in the novel, that eye, the sky, Henry Warburton takes out his glass eye and says to Ort, ‘This is like the eye of God … sees everything’ (p. 133). Ort scornfully dismisses the idea.
Analyse the significance of the eye imagery in the novel as it relates to both Ort and Henry.

Throughout the novel by Tim Winton, ‘That Eye, The Sky,’ there is much relevance in relation to the all-seeing eye. The novel revolves around a young man named Ort, who is struggling to deal with the recent car accident that left his father comatose. During this time, the characters in the novel each have their own personal demons, including Henry Warburton, a mysterious stranger who is seemingly simply offering his help to the suffering family whilst passing through the sleepy country town. This in turn leads to the significance of the eye of God reference. This is further explained in the following arguments. Tim Winton uses direct references to symbols such as Love, Death and the Sky as is appears to Ort.
During this novel, the importance of the Eye is referenced through the symbolism of love. Ort’s relationship with his family is strained and complicated, however the feelings that Ort has do not change. Whilst the reference of the glass eye does not occur until the end of the novel, upon reflection, the reader can understand that the eye is symbolised in the love between family members, flawed but pure. This is shown through the complicated life of Ort’s sister, Tegwyn, (p.20). Her struggle with depression after her father’s accident, and the feelings she then gets for Henry, provoke a strong connection between love and loss. The shadowing of the two seems to be where Ort lives in the novel. Henry tries to influence Ort by telling him stories of God, and the importance of faith. The link between God and love is portrayed through the glass eye, as it shows that a major contributor in this novel is this complicated pattern of loss and religion....