‘The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.’ - James Bryce. With reference to the above quotation, discuss how the author has communicated the central values in the novel you have studied in class. Support your argument with evidence from the text.
Racial discrimination is a problem the whole world faces every day. The controversial book Deadly Unna? by Phillip Gwynne sees the protagonist Blacky embark upon a journey of self discovery and highlights the omniscience of racism in modern society. As the plot unfolds and the characters develop in Deadly Unna? we can gain a lot of insight into our own lives and experiences with other people. There is much to be learned in the reading of this novel.
Stereotypes are a major component of discrimination; people judge against a group of people because of a rumour or someone’s perceived experience, most often this stereotype is wrong. For example in the book Deadly Unna? Blacky’s thoughts and prejudices regarding Aboriginals are confirmed time after time in his life by his friends and family. He gets told that, “The first thing Aborigines do when they get a new house is rip the doors and windows off...” Blacky discovers that this is not the case later on in the book when he realises that the stereotype the white people gave Aborigines was completely wrong. This example reinforces the idea that society treats people badly that are from different ethnicities.
Sport can bring people together who don’t normally socialise with each other, but one group of people may not consider the others as friends. For example in the novel Deadly Unna? although the teenagers play football together, the white players do not consider the Aborigines as friends. When Dumby Red saves Blacky from a violent incident with a bully named Mad Dog, Blacky is now able to publicly acknowledge Dumby as his mate. The town views Aborigines as a lower class than themselves, for instance, Mad Dog calls them “Boongs,” and...