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Walkabout


Walkabout

Walkabout is about a young girl, her younger brother, and a bush boy who fight for
survival in the Australian desert. James Vance Marshall, the author, shows many problems
of survival that the children are faced with, throughout their journey in the Australian
desert. Some of the barriers that they are faced with are: language barrier, unfamiliar
surroundings and the lack of essential items. Survival in the wilderness can be
challenging, however one must be able to overcome these barriers in order to survive.


The children in this novel are always faced with a communication problem; do to the
Aboriginal not knowing their language and visa versa. The children try to overcome this
barrier by using hand gestures, and pointing to things that sound like the word.
Communication is the most important asset that they need in order for survival. The
children have a difficult time-sharing their thoughts with one another, thus making it
very frustrating for all of them to get their thoughts out in the open: 'We don't know
what you're saying. But we're lost. We want to go to Adelaide' (Marshall, 45). This quote
that Peter says is proving that the two children did not understand what he was saying.
Peter asked him a question in return but Peter had to try and use hand expressions in
order for the Aboriginal to understand.
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