the main protagonist is ‘Blacky’ who is of white decent and lives at the port. Blacky encounters a lot of racism to the Aboriginal people while growing up in his town, mostly through jokes from the bar (e.g. Big Mac, “Hey did ya hear the one about the boong and the preist?” p.161). At the beginning of the novel Blacky is playing in his footy (AFL) team whose success was only because of the Aboriginals who played for them that lived at the point. Blacky states that, “we’re the only town on the peninsula with Nungas in our team”. This goes to show that the area in which Blacky and his family resides in is rather racist, Blacky (and everyone who lives at the point/ port) calls the Aboriginal’s ‘Nungas’, and the whites
This poem offers a perspective of Australia from a foreigner, foregrounding the elements that are not typically acknowledged. It enables audience to get a better comprehension to a different side of Australia, (which she personifies as ‘you’) and the people. When she migrated to her new country, she was repulsed by the Australian culture and expresses those feelings by utilising simple language, yet strong and negatives words such as ‘big ugly’ and ‘dumb dirty city’, which contradict what Australians believe are positive aspects of our identity. The text mentioned ‘You want everyone to be the same’, ‘You never accept me’ and ‘You don´t have any Interest in another country.’ suggests that the public are cut-off from any diversity or multiculturalism. But the face of Australia has changed dramatically. Today, Australia is often described as one of the ‘classical countries of immigration’. The concept of being a nation based on immigrants is at the centre of Australian
Fairchild opened his piece with a play on the wording of the national anthem, using ‘Advance Australia, fair!’ to highlight the irony of how Australians were acting in a manner distinctly unfair to Indigenous Australians. He then moved to use a personal anecdote about his experience as a social worker to inspire feelings of trust in his audience, as a social worker is generally deemed as a person who is working for the greater good of society. His specific work with the Wurundjeri people also helps to establish him as an expert in the matter, and positions the readers to feel that he is not simply another person with a loud opinion. Fairchild’s use of alliteration with ‘boozy, back-slapping fest’ also makes a play on stereotypes, in specific, on Australia’s drinking culture. This encourages the readers to distance themselves from being one of those people, thus distancing
Australia was written by a collection of authors with an unique outlook on immigrating to Australia and what they experienced there. the book was edited by acclaimed author alice pung who has a mixed cambodian and chinese background. The stories are all based around the struggles of fitting in, feeling like you belong and discovering who you are and how you want to be perceived. The issues of identity and belonging are themes found throughout however they are most prominent in chinese lessons, baked beans and burnt toast and perfect chinese children.
Likewise, the poem, Migrant Woman on a Melbourne tram, by Jennifer Strauss, establishes barriers of culture through the woman’s conspicuous peculiarity. This further creates a sense of isolation and oppression towards the migrant woman, once again reflecting the difficulties that immigrants endure. Furthermore, Strauss’ deliberate use of metaphor, with the words “Street-names in the glare/leap ungraspably from sight/ formless collisions of letters”, depicts to the audience the difficulties involved with roaming unfamiliar terrains, more specifically Australian landscape. Once again, Strauss conveys to the audience the struggles that an immigrant must overcome when going to a foreign country. However, this time she refers to language barriers and an unfamiliarity with the
Analysis:I think that this is important to the book because it shows the separation between the two groups. It also shows how his friends are like family and they will take care of eachother. It also gives the book a chance to show the roles people play in the group and how he is the youngest. It shows me that they greases and the socs don't get along and how it is dangerous for them to walk alone.
Stereotypes have helped to build Australia’s identity, some true and some false. Different images such as Text One: “Australia Day Barbeque” and Text Two: “Farming Family” provide representations of Australian identity however they are different in how they represent Australia. There are some similarities, for example in both texts a sense of togetherness is present. When comparing both texts the Australian identity is represented with similar attitudes, values and beliefs, the pictures also reinforce particular stereotypes. These images also portray a side of the Australian culture that is privileged rather than those who are marginalised.
The novel explains the hardship Oscar Wao experience growing up, as an overweight Dominican boy raised in a Dominican family. Oscar was not an average or good-looking kid, he was a ghetto nerd. Oscar mother Hypatia is a single mother who raised him and his sister, who works two jobs. Hypatia is a very blunt woman and showed
Revisionist texts allow an individual to understand a perspective or perception of reality that differs from the dominant one. A text which, through its construction encourages white Australians to re-interpret their ideology of the European discovery of Australia is the picture book, ‘The Rabbits’ by Shaun Tan, as it challenges the belief that if the Indigenous peoples had westernised themselves, Australia would be a greater nation.
The nature of Andrews’s work depicts a postmodern style that portrays the functionality of current Australian culture, referred to by Andrews as a “contemporary culture of consumption and spectacle” . A physical aspect demonstrated in Andrews’s work that relays his
What themes or issues are explored in Winton’s three stories and how are they relevant to the target audience?
He continues on passionately and fades into a proud tone as he explains that Australia Day is a day to celebrate the country’s unique diversity, and multicultural nation. Through his use of inclusive language such as ‘we’ and ‘our’, Roberts-Smith is able to create a sense of inclusion for the reader and makes them realise that they should be celebrating their country’s unique diversity. Coupling this with the reinforcement from facts and statistics such as ’65 percent of Aussies marked the day in some way last year’ and ‘16,000 new Aussies chose Australia Day of all days to become Australia Citizens’, shows the reader the amount of pride the people in Australia have for their country. It is clear that Roberts-Smith is passionate about his point of view and arguments similar to Russell who is equally passionate about his arguments and point of view. In which each writers passion assists them in making their individual pieces more succinct and
In the poem, society is said to condemn the country as “drab green” and “without songs, architecture, history” however Hope is said “turn gladly home” despite the deterrents. This conveys Hope’s view of Australia to the reader and helps in the understanding of it. Another poetic device used is similes. Hope describes the five main cities of Australia as “like five teeming sores”. This is a harsh comparison that represents the cities as blemishes on the country. This simile supports society’s negative and judgemental view on Australia. Personification then continues this negative image as after the simile, the cities are said to “drain her”. The word “her” refers to Australia. This personification describes how the cities and their inhabitants “drain” Australia of resources and this represents Australians as greedy. This also supports society’s negative
What does it really mean to be Australian? Is Australia really just: bushland, hot sunny beaches, native animals and having to have a laid back attitude? These are just common stereotypes about the ‘land down under’. With Australia settled by the British colony many of its inhabitants were the leftover convicts from Europe. After world war 2 boat people and asylum seekers arrived in Australia hoping for a new life. This change in the 1960’s led to a change in Australian identity and the idea of a white Australia. One literary text that reflects the issues and challenges faced in the 1960’s is Michael Gow’s play, Away. Dealing with the challenges of this time, Away focuses on the lives of three different families and the idea of reconciliation and self-discovery. Through themes, language and characterisation Away challenges ideas
This Screenplay is an appropriation of the entire short story Big World by Tim Winton in his book The Turning. The characters, setting and storyline have been maintained in this appropriation with explicit quote’s from the original text. However, flashbacks included in the original text is not included because of the complexity of portraying a flashback in a screenplay effectively and it’s lengthening effect. Stereotypical Australian language, swearing and behaviour and comments typical to teenagers characterises Biggie and Kevin, however, it also reveals that the Screenplay is directed at a teenage audiences, who are themselves entering into the ‘big world’. The introducing setting description includes a ‘WOMAN standing on a headland looking