Jasper Jones Analysis

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Jasper Jones, written by Craig Silvey, is a novel that draws readers into this world he has created with themes of racism, morality and injustice. The book is set in the 1960s in a small town called Corrigan and tells the story of a 13 year old boy named Charlie Bucktin, who becomes entangled in secrets and problems after being approached by Jasper Jones, an Aboriginal teenager who is known as the town's outcast. In this essay, I will explain how Silvey effectively draws readers into the world of his text through his use of setting, characterization, and symbolism. Firstly, Silvey uses the setting of Corrigan to bring readers into the world of the novel. The small town is depicted as a closed off community where people are close-minded and there are clear social hierarchies that are strictly enforced. Using descriptive language and vivid descriptions, the author creates a sense of place that feels both familiar and claustrophobic. For example, “The town is so small that nothing can exist outside of it. The trees seem too tall and too green. The air is too …show more content…

Set in the 1960s, the novel explores the social, political, and racial issues in Australia at that time. Silvey portrayed the racism and discrimination experienced by the indigenous character jasper jones is a stark reminder of the country's colonial past and the effects of that. For instance if the police found Laura in that area that is known as Jasper's refuge, he is gonna be accused of a crime he didn't commit, he knows he won't receive a fair trial because of his race. This not only highlights the injustice that jasper faces but also draws readers into the world of the novel by reminding them of australia's past and the ongoing struggle for racial equality. The historical context of the novel adds depth and complexity to the world of the text, making it more engaging and thought- provoking for the

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