How Does Gail Jones Use The Apology To The Stolen Generations

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Sorry by Gail Jones and The Apology to the Stolen Generations speech given by Kevin Rudd are similar as they share the themes of apology, past mistreatment of Indigenous Australians, silence surrounding this mistreatment and apology. However, these ideas differ between the texts as Rudd’s speech recognizes the mistreatment, breaks the silence and offers an apology to the Indigenous community while in Sorry, there was no apology offered and the silence about the abuse of Indigenous characters remains. Sorry is set throughout the 1940s when it was the convention for the Government to abuse Indigenous peoples, which had a tremendous long-term effect on the Indigenous population and characters in Sorry. Rudd made an apology to the Indigenous peoples for their past mistreatment and its impact ‘We apologise for The laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments …show more content…

The apology to the Stolen Generations was given to the Indigenous peoples of Australia for ‘the pain and suffering that we, the parliament, have caused you by the laws that previous parliaments have enacted’ [181]. In Sorry Perdita allows Mary to suffer the punishment for the crime Perdita committed ‘Mary was driven away into the darkness’P.93. Towards the end of the novel Perdita realises that she should have apologised for allowing Mary to be held responsible ‘That was the point, Perdita would realise much later, at which, in humility, she should have said sorry’P.204. The texts are similar as both mention the need for an apology. Rudd was able to apologise directly to the members of the Stolen Generations and the Indigenous peoples, witnessed by Australian public, who were able to accept the apology, whilst Perdita only recognised the necessity to say sorry to Mary after her death ‘Mary had died, I should have said sorry to my sister’

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