Analysis of australian literature Essay

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analysis of australian literature



Racial discrimination has always been and chances are always will be a concern through out
the world. All around the world there will be different races cohabitating in the same
area. We see it every day in living in America. I chose a piece coming from Australia that
deals with some of the same issues that we deal with.


In Clothes Make A Man Herbert writes how the hierarchy of the different castes or races
will always keep someone down. The highest in the hierarchy owns all the land while then
lowest are merely servants. The people in the middle are sharecroppers . Oscar
doesn’t want anything to do with the half caste boy be cause he fears that the
mixture of races will make his appearance look bad. The boy was not a lil
“niggah” but Oscar still did not let his daughter play with Nawnim because he
was a different race. Nawnim was the native word for a dog that is not wanted but the
tribe doesn’t want to kill. This fits in with the actual boy because he is just
thrown on to Oscar. Oscar really has no choice on if the boy stays or goes, he was just
dropped off, but Oscar never asked for him. He also cant kill him because its his brothers
son. Since the boy was his nephew he felt responsible to care for him but he did not want
to admit that he was related in any way to him. He finally decided that he should just
send him down the rail road and that he did. One day he brought him the station put him on
a train and got rid of his nuisance. The half caste was no longer a part of him. He tries
to get rid of the fact that he would be related to something, not pure not white just as
what Dawe speaks of in Bora Ring.


In Bora Ring Dawe speaks of the old aboriginal times. The way they lived the way the
acted. The aboriginal tendencies within the tribe and the daily rituals that the had. Now
all of that is lost, the old ways have been mowed over by bull dozers and where the old
culture was now there is the “white” culture. The way that it was forgotten
was to get rid of it totally. It was the old culture and the aboriginal culture was taken
out to make way for the new because the new is seen as better. This is shown in And Go So
I by Grace.


In And Go So I a brother is moving to a foreign place. Where there is new culture new
sights to see, new people. He is leaving his culture, his roots. He is coming from where
his race is and moving to the city where he will have to start at the bottom of the
ladder. He is leaving his home where he has established his ways. His family tries
reminding him that the outside world is different. They may not accept his ways. His
beliefs. They don’t really want him to go because the outside world is so different
he may become one of them he may like it better there. He may think that their culture or
race is superior to the one he is coming from. The family tries running a guilt trip
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