In her book Nanberry, Jackie French portrays colonial life as a very confusing and perplexing time for both the Indigenous Australians and the White British Settlers, albeit in different ways. With the Indigenous Australians confused by the sudden invasion of the white settler (ghosts), and the British Settlers becoming confused by the new sights, smells and culture of ‘Sydney Cove’. Through the characters of Nanberry, Surgeon White and Bennelong, the viewer is shown just how confusing their life was at the time of the first settlement in Australia. Nanberry is one of the main characters in French’s book, and is a prime way through which she portrays colonial life as perplexing and confusing. Nanberry was born into, and partially raised by an Indigenous Australian family, however he was adopted by Surgeon White at the tender age of eight or nine. Surgeon White intends to raise him like a son, with the ways and customs of the English’s ways. This is confusing to Nanberry as he still feels a strong closeness to his Aboriginal family and their customs and traditions, which are starkly contrasted to the English Settlers ways, but he is also intrigued and drawn to the Settlers colonial life. “ He was tired. So many new things: the smells, the white ghosts, the angry woman.”, the listing used by French here shows the viewer that Nanberry is confused by many things, the truncated sentence at the beginning hints at the fact that he is frustrated and confused by the mixed emotions he is feeling in regards to his …show more content…
Colonial life during the time of the first settlement in Australia was depicted as confusing and somewhat bewildering through Jackie French’s novel Nanberry, through three main characters of Bennelong, Surgeon White and Nanberry this theme is made clear for the viewer to understand, even though at some points it may have appeared that there was just misunderstanding or miscommunication, confusion was the way that colonial life was ultimately
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Nanberry is rejected by the aboriginals because he can’t be trusted anymore because they think of him as a child and they also think he is a traitor since he was helping the governor by translating for them and he hasn 't been initiated yet, so they think he wouldn 't understand what they are going through there for when Nanberry
Character Analysis He is a young aboriginal boy at the edge of the earth living with the white settlers learning their ways. He was living a happy life when everything was torn away him, his family, his people and his aboriginal ways. He has to start again and rebuild his life learning a new language and the new English ways. He takes on the new life with resilience and heart, striving in the new colony. Jackie French has portrayed her character Nanberry in an interesting way due to his constantly changing character.
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